What Time is It?

 

The Dirty German 50K is in 10 days.     I love signing up for challenging races when it seems so far off in the distance.    Then lo and behold before you know it the actual event is upon you.   When you are in the midst of training it is easy to not think about the actual event.   That is for another day.   Besides your too busy training to really worry about it.

Then…..

Taper Time

or

Is it taper crazy time?

The brakes get put on and even though you are still running, your not running nearly as much.   Your giving your body a chance to rest, to prepare, to be ready.   The problem is that during this time, your mind no longer is occupied with the training at hand but with what is coming up.   Thoughts like….

Why did I sign up for this?

Will be able to do it?

Why did I schedule a Cub Scout meeting the day afterwards?

Will I be able to walk when I’m done?

Then on top of these thoughts, your (or maybe it’s just me) mind is also filled with the logistics of the race……

What do I need to bring?

Should I wear my trusty Fitletic hydration belt or my new hydration vest?

What should I take for fuel?

Why did I sign up for this?

The temperatures are supposed to also be in the high 70’s.   It has been VERY cool here as of late and then there is also the worry of running in the heat when your body isn’t used to it.

Do I need to bring my trusty bucket to haul my gear?

How far apart are the aid stations?

On and on it goes……..

My town is having a 5K the same day as my 50K.    Part of me thinks that running a 5K sounds nice:)    My 9 year old asked me why I was running a 50K?    He’s probably not alone in this question.    My answer to him was simple…

I’m running it because it is a challenge.   I don’t know if I can do it and you should always try to do things that you think you can’t do.   You should have goals.

dreams

 

It’s going to be a wild ride and I’m sure I will live to tell the tale:)    It may not be pretty.   It sure as Hell is going to be hard and I’m going to have to give it all I’ve got and then some.    Bottom line is no matter what the time or how it turns out, it is worth it.

It is already worth it.

Rosevelt

What do you do during taper time?

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