There is no hiding from the fact that the Seneca Greenway Trail 50k is on Saturday. In a mere two more wake ups I'll be running through the woods probably covered in mud at least until the next creek crossing. How sad to say that I still don't have the details all worked out yet. Hubbs is away for training that couldn't be rescheduled and my sister options have somewhat fallen through.
The upside is that I don't have time to worry about my performance in the race because I am too busy trying to get all the arrangements figured out.
And I haven't even talked goals yet.
So here it is:
My I FINISHED goal: To arrive on time. To start. To finish.
Having already run this course with a lot of snow and ice last year it may be a new challenge to run it with all the mud and water they are reporting this year. However I know that I can finish as long as I don't slide off the side of the mountain, which can happen you know!
My I CAN goal: Finish within 31 minutes of my last 50k trail ultra.
I say 31 minutes because that is the "at least as long" distance of this course in minutes. Well, that's the distance if I don't get lost. I figure I can finish within a minute either side of my previous time. Again barring not sliding off the side of the mountain.
My I LOVE IT goal: A new distance PR.
A new course PR.
Since trail ultras are not exact distances. RDs like to say their course is at least 50k, a new PR would be more about average pace than finishing time. My previous time for this course was 6:46 I'd love to crush that on Saturday.
My I DREAM IT goal: Under 6 hours.
Yeah. You read that right.
When I dream about this course I even go as far as wondering if I could improve my course PR by an hour. When I dream I jump in with both feet even on Day # 298.
I always believe that on any given day you just don't know what you are capable of until you have done it.
I dream that I can cover that distance in under 6 hours.
If I don't slide off the side of the mountain.
It can happen.