NC24 Training Update

I didn’t forget. I’m still here. I’m even still writing. It’s just a different genre than this blog allows, and you don’t want to read it. Trust me.

Most important of all, I’m still training. The big day is less than 6 weeks away. Eek! I’m not ready! And I’m scared. Somebody hold me! I logged just over 60 miles last week, 30 of which occurred between Friday night and Sunday morning. I feel good. Strong. Healthy. But is it enough?

I’ve been avoiding writing about it, just because I can’t believe I’m doing this. And although I usually go into a race with a little “unknown,” this is ALL unknown. Time to do something about that.
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I’ve done a few night runs, the second of which was terrifying…mostly because I was alone and a random truck was following me (that’s what my likely-delusional brain told me anyway!). I don’t have to worry about those factors, so I think I’ll stick to daylight and the dreadmill, unless I can talk someone into running with me at night a few more times. Pretty please?

I need a good long loop run. I’ve put in a few 2-3 hour runs on the track, but I’ll admit it’s a challenge to run loops alone any longer than that. I don’t need to talk, just listen. And my iPod is only going to carry me for 10 hrs. Yikes!

Luckily, today I discovered another local who is running the race. And he’s planning a 12hr run this Saturday! No…I won’t be running for 12hrs. I should mention he’s A LOT more experienced than I am, but even so, that’s not something I feel I need during training to reach my race goals. The good news is I can show up, run a few hours with him! Not only will it be great for me to get that long loop run under my belt, but he’s actually looking forward to having someone to run with! Wait until he sees my pace…he might change his mind.

He’s already picked out a location…a packed dirt path…just about a mile in length. It will keep us away from the regular running crowds and the cyclists on the bike path, but still close enough to the car so I can have my “aid station” set up. I don’t really have a plan for this run…just going to see what happens. And how long I can go. I have four hours solo on my schedule, but with aid and the right pace, I might push that out a bit. And it means I’ll have the perfect day to test out some nutrition options.

Locals: If you want to join me for any of this, send me a message on FB/twitter/text and I’ll give you the details!