Just two more days and really at this point of the evening it really is one more day. Two days till I attempt to run a 50K. Somehow this really seemed like an amazingly great idea a few months ago. Today not so much. Today is the more, “What was I thinking?” kind of day.
I usually get asked two questions about my upcoming race. The first one is how far in miles is a 50K. I had to look it up because although I knew it was 31 point something, I really didn’t know what the point was either. It is 31.7 miles. At some point it doesn’t matter except at the end when you are counting them down.
The second question is why? We’ve been through this before. Why not?
You think I would be nervous. You think I’d be packed. You think I would have read through all the information they sent. I don’t even have directions to the hotel mapped out. I will get to all of these things shortly I’m sure. I’m actually pretty calm for some reason. I guess you might refer to it as the calm before the storm. Besides at this point I’m in for the LONG haul which hopefully will be only 31.7 miles baring any wrong turns. Again, this is why I need to read the information and look at the map. I can’t just follow the crowd because how do I know they won’t leave me in the dust or even that they know where they are going.
As far as goals, my number one and really only goal is to finish. I would, of course, like to finish well but finishing is number one. And as far as what I mean by finishing well, I do not mean winning the Cuckoo Clock the winners get. I mean to finish strong. To finish like I trained for this. To finish without feeling like I want to die. (Why am I doing this again?) I would also like to make sure to finish before the twelve and half hour alloted time. I think I should be ok as when I did the trail marathon in January I was at six and half hours. That gives me a nice cushion:)
But it is time to get prepared. It’s time to open the door to utra running and see what that is all about. I would like to say that I will be one and done, but I said that about marathons too and I’ve already run 2 more than I said I would not counting NYCM coming in November. And I won’t lie in the back of my mind I’m already toying with a 50 miler for the year I turn 50 which thankfully is a few years away. Besides, I really should just get through this weekend before I start talking smack!!
Either way it’s going to be a great time filled with lots of laughs and good company since there are many BAMR’s going from my running group. Some are doing 25k, some 50k, and the truly insane ones are doing 50 miles but insanity is a wonderful thing! The support of these women is something I wish everyone experiences in their life in some shape or form.
So I’m off to do all the things that I need to do, but you can count on hearing more about this not matter how it turns out.
What are you doing this weekend?
random runner’s view: you’ll do great! it sounds weird, but a 50k is easier than a marathon. for real. i suppose because you slow down and have more fun. good luck! and maybe figure out where that hotel is …