It's hard to imagine that on Tuesday night LBM was running around outside in snow and last night he was running around outside in only his Crocs. I'll spare you the second photo.
I haven't even picked out a race day outfit. It's Thursday.
Maybe that would make it too real for me.
I am nervous, no.
I am excited, no.
I am scared sh**less, no.
I'm going puke, well maybe.
In this blogger world filled with so much confidence it's hard to be brutally honest but I need to be. I'm a bit freaked out about the possibility of running 50 miles. But I am even more freaked out about the possibility of not running 50 miles. But mostly, I'm completely freaked out about what I am going to
need want to do after I prove to myself that I CAN run 50 miles.
My I FINISHED goal: To arrive on time. To start. To finish.
aka: Finish Feeling Fine having Fun
I say this at each new race but it's true. My biggest worry is getting to the race start. Because as you now know, I am geographically challenged. I have a card. It's a club. This time I will be meeting Hubbs at the hotel and he and kids ~ all three of them ~ will be hopefully able to be at the finish line.
My I CAN goal: Finish in 10:30 - 10:45.
This goal is a hard one. I have never ran on these trails. I have never gone this distance in one day. I know the course is technically challenging but I have done the 2 5+ hours training runs (aka my 6ish hour 50ks) and that is a requirement so I'm told for being able to complete a 50 miler. I feel as ready as I can be. So based off of my most technical course I set a goal range. The lower end of this goal is to account for more experience and better training. The higher end is a bit of reality that so many things can happen over the distance. I hopefully can make this goal.
My I LOVE IT goal: To finish near 10 hours.
Meeting this goal would be beyond amazing. This time would ensure snotty-nosed finish line photos from all the tears I would be crying.
My I DREAM IT goal: Under 10 hours.
As I often say, on any given day you just don't know what you are capable of until you amaze yourself doing it. I will take all the positive experience I can from this race and it's runners and volunteers no matter how my body chooses to perform on Saturday.