Sunday, September 26, 2010

One Week



One week from today and I'll be lining up to race my first 50k.  Woo hoo!  I'm nervous but I feel pretty calm and ready to go.  Here are my goals:
  • Have Fun!
  • Learn from the race.
  • Leave it all on the course.
  • Keep focused by using strategies from my mental strength training classes.
  • Finish!
In addition to finishing, I do have a time goal.  Now as I've explained before, I'm slow.  Very slow.  So with that in mind, my A Goal is sub-7 hours.  B Goal is 7:30 and C Goal is sub-8 hours.  What do I know about setting a time goal for an ultra?  Of course my speed and training is just one factor.  Is it too early to check the weather?  Showers, low 51/high 74.  Seems like perfect racing weather to me!  My only hope is that the temperatures don't go higher than this...

This week, I took taper to heart and came up short mileage wise.  I was going to run this morning because 1) I've really come to enjoy Sunday runs and 2) to make up some miles, but instead I decided to listen to my coach.  Here was last week's miles:

Monday: Day off (unplanned)
Tuesday: Day off (unplanned)
Wednesday: 6.06 miles
Thursday: 5.36 miles
Friday: Day off (unplanned)
Saturday: 8 miles

Total miles: 19.42 miles out of 24 miles planned.  For this week, I have four runs scheduled before the race for a total of 13 miles.  This is the scary part of taper...when you don't have a lot of miles on the schedule and the doubt that creeps in: that you can't go the long distance.  Thankfully (or not), I should be distracted this week.  Off to Steamboat for two-four days for 2 trials and a hearing.  And then possibly to Durango for a settlement conference.  Good for distraction.  Hopefully I can make sleeping in hotels restful and eating out healthy.  Have a great week!

Laura

4 comments:

  1. Ahhhhh, Durango and Steamboat..... two AWESOME areas - hopefully you will get a few miles in at each! And, most of all, have tons of fun at your race!

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  2. I'll be thinking about you ALL day, Laura. Keep moving forward, or I'll appear as a pop up bubble over your head endlessly spouting boring ramblings about nothingness. :D Seriously, though, keep 'push push' going, keep moving forward. You're so very, very ready!

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  3. You can do it. I got yelled at before Goofy when I mentioned yoga on a Sunday! I'm glad you listened!

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  4. So... how was the 50k race for you today? I wish I thought ahead and could have met you and cheered you on today. Your blog has been an inspiration to me. I love reading about the miles you log! wow! Simply incredible. See you on the trails one day :)
    Jennifer

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