|Blue Ridge training run|
I remember last year I was pretty nervous for this race. Even though our goal was solely to finish and not for any certain time due to the difficulty of this course, I felt worried that maybe it was too much for us to handle. Interestingly, this year I am not nervous, just very excited. I know I should be nervous since this year we are tackling the double. Yes, we are running "America's Toughest Road Marathon" twice. Remember last year in my race report how I described a group of people who ran the marathon twice and I described as really awesome but really, really crazy, Yeah, well this year we are the crazy! And yet, I'm not scared. This will be the first time we are running anything further than a 50K, our first time running 50 miles. I know it's going to be super hard but I also know we will just take it one mile at a time. It's not for time, it's just to finish. Ultrarunning has really taught me a lot this year about what I can do. Even though we haven't done this distance before, I know it's possible and I know that we can do anything we set our mind to. It's interesting how my whole mind set has changed so much. I'm totally a wreck leading up to a marathon that I'm trying to PR in but totally calm to run almost twice as far as I ever have before. I have a feeling there are a lot of runners out there that can relate to that, at least it makes sense to me ;-)
|Rare training run together on Easter|
I'm also feeling good because my training has been going well and I trust that coach Caleb has trained me well. Overall the last couple of months, I've been logging more miles than ever topping off two weeks ago with a 68 mile week that included back to back 18 & 20 milers. Other than the ocassional sore legs and minor aches and pains, I feel my body has been taking the increased workload well. It's really giving me great confidence going into our "ultra" season.
So the plan this week is rest, finally some tapering. Additionally Thursday is Emir and I's 10 year anniversary. I have some top secret surprises for Emir that day before we set off in the late afternoon on our big family road trip. We are hoping to make the shakeout run early Friday morning with Zoe Romano. The packet pickup is 3-8 so after that we will be trying to rest up for our 2:30 start time. I can't wait to see the beautiful mountains and the people that make Blue Ridge what I consider one of America's Best Marathons!