the plague

March 22, 2013 at 3:47 pm 5 comments

crap. i seriously hate when i don’t post for this long. now i feel like i have so much to write about that i don’t even know where to start. so here’s a very brief update on life as i’ve known it for the past few weeks in the three categories of life that seem to both plague and please me; running, friends and family, and my (ugh) love life.

running
i’m two weeks out from the croom fool’s run, my first ever 50-mile ultra. i’m starting to stress a little lot! it’s not that i don’t feel semi-ready. last weekend i hit back-to-back long runs that left me feeling pretty darn secure. saturday was 24 miles at croom with the drill sergeant and the governor where we did repeats on the hilliest stretch of the trails. then sunday was 16 miles with a new girl at the TC trails. a 40 mile weekend! can you say “holy shit!” … i sure did! at no point did i feel horrible either. in fact saturday, i felt like i could fly. seriously, it was the most endorphin inducing run i’ve had in years and i actually attribute it to a book. after years of saying i need to read it, i am finally reading “born to run” and it is the most inspirational running book i’ve ever read. i relate to it on so many levels and saturday i found myself laughing, singing and almost dancing through the woods. but in spite of the long, strong, happy-go-lucky mileage i’m left with a huge fear. the weather. i’m not good in heat to begin with but factor in that we haven’t had any warm weather weekends thus far this year. well one. gasparilla weekend was hot but somehow we’ve had (florida) wintery weather lingering long which means i’ve had virtually no heat training. my long runs have been averaging at a start temp of around 40 degrees with a finish temp in the upper 60s. but as of now race day is looking to be closer to a mid 60s start and an 80s afternoon. granted that can change so much between now and then but i’ve got to start prepping for warmer weather. yesterday i bought a camelbak to ensure i have enough hydration on course. yes, there are aid stations but they are few and far between and if it’s warm i’ll need to carry more than my hand-held. so now, two weeks out, i have to learn to run with additional equipment. not smart. i’ve debated on letting the weather determine if i swap down to the 50k. i figure three days prior if it’s looking ugly i could play it smart, but i know i won’t. i’ve got too much invested in running the 50-miler; mentally and physically and as i said once before i’d rather take the DNF than take the easy easier way out. so do a little winter weather dance for me and pay homage to mother nature in any way you can.

ok on second thought, the next two tales are too long to tell in this one post. so tonight i’ll write more if i have time.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kitkat1126  |  March 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    You are ready to rock this race, there is no doubt about it. I cannot wait to read your recap.

    Every time I think I need a break from running I tell myself I need to pick up a copy of Born to Run. Have you read Mile Markers?! There was something about her various short running stories that really spoke to me and motivated me like no other. You might relate.

    Unfair way to end your post… 🙂

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    • 2. becelisa  |  March 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      i haven’t read mile markers but i’ll put it on my list to read after i finish born to run. i knew you would call me out on ending my post that way 😉

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  • 3. spottedimages  |  March 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    You sound more than ready!!! Very excited for you!

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  • 4. Sheslosingit.net  |  March 23, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    50k – Wow! Here is a post you might like: http://sheslosingit.net/2013/03/22/5-tips-to-run-faster/

    Reply
  • 5. PDX Running Chick  |  March 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    So excited for your 50 miler. I will pay homage to the weather gods but I don’t doubt you’ll kick ass regardless of the weather!

    Reply

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