Well race weekend is upon me, finally is all I can say! Mentally I am pooped! I was recording for the podcast and looking back through my training plan and with the exception of 2-3 weeks of reduced miles in January I have been in training mode for nearly 8 months, no wonder my brain is fried and my body not far behind; in that time I have accumulated 1500 running miles, 1200 miles on the bike, raced two trail half marathons, three 50kms and DNFd a 50 miler at mile 44! Like I say pooped.
Anyway we are almost unpacked, I found my trail shoes; it was touch and go for a few days, the house is finally settling down; the swingset and trampoline are assembled, and that’s the last thing I have to say about moving...at least for another couple of years!
My training has well and truly taken a back seat in the last two weeks, two runs this month, that’s it! No refined taper just a drop off the edge of a cliff full stop! Well as someone once said the hay is in the barn and there is nothing that I can do now except run!
So for this weekend’s race my goals in order of desire; (1) finish; that’s all I have to do to meet the AC100 qualifying criteria, so I am not taking any chances with that, (2) a new PR; last year I finished in 11:24, trust me folks this is not fast! (3) a sub 11 hour finish; last year I finished with a 13:59 pace, I need to go about 30 seconds per mile faster! Doable…yes, I think so!
So this time tomorrow I’ll be on the start line…see you at the finish!