Spending my day in sweat pants, catching up on all the latest kid shows, coloring, doing puzzles and singing the alphabet have all become my new comfortable. What I didn't realize was while I was getting comfortable in life I have also gotten a bit comfortable in my training as well.
At first the thought of a May 100 miler, while intimidating, was so seemingly far off that I felt comfortable in being able to do the required work to physically and mentally go the distance. Because that is the goal, go the distance. But now less than 9 weeks away that same 100 miles seems like something beyond what I can imagine. But then again how many people can imagine running 100 miles on trails up and down a mountain? So when life sent me a nice little reminder that I shouldn't get too comfortable I took notice.
I took a look at what I can do with these last 9 weeks. Of course I've got the running part down seeing how it's day 1019 of the running streak but the cross training; course specific running/hiking, weight lifting, core strengthening, flexibility training and actual recovering time, are things I can really focus on to help me enjoy the journey to my first 100 mile finish line. I will be putting pen to paper to help me stick to a cross training plan while I continue to put miles on my feet.
Speaking of those miles, this weekend the super secret spy; D, my dedicated pacer for MMT 100 and I will be running Hashawha Hills 50k. This course holds my 50k PR when I ran it in 2012. Read about it HERE. I can not wait to see what I have on this course again. Although I know that D will probably remind me that this year is about the 100 and my focus needs to be on the fact that this is a training run not a race. She will probably remind me that HH will be a cake walk compared to the ubber long training run we have on the Massanutten Mountain Trails course the following weekend. I will keep all those things in mind plus the fact that the super secret spy will be running his first 50k at HH as I prepare these last few wake ups.
Since I don't want to get comfortable I will be setting some goals which I will share tomorrow. But feel free to offer your advice on what goals I should be setting. Do you think I should run the race with the super secret spy and just use it for "time on my feet". Do you think I should run it with nothing left and go after a new PR? Or do you think something in between?