|No - that's not mine - but I'm hoping it will be!|
At mile 39 I had my first taste of IT band syndrome - it came out of nowhere, I twisted my knee in some mud and boom - pain down my leg with every step for the rest of the race.... but it was never a question of whether I would finish or not (though it took about 3 weeks before I could run two miles without knee pain afterwards). Quitting that day was simply not an option.
So with only two weeks (OMG!) to go until my first attempt at 100 miles I am putting my goals together for this race. I have been told you should always have three goals - so here are mine:
1. To finish in under 26 hours (my "lofty" goal)
2. To finish and have a "good day" (my "reasonable" goal)
3. To finish (really, the only goal)
As for first 100 finishing time (which I could really care less about - the main objective here is to finish the race) - I have been told take your 50 mile time on the same course, double it and add half which would give me an aprox. finishing time of:
11:06 + 11:06 + 5:36 = 27:48
One more long run to go this weekend. Debating on an overnight tonight or an early morning - hope to run 5/6 hours either way. In true Murphy's Law fashion, I bit it hard on a patch of ice last night on my fast 6 miler and both knees, but mainly the right one, are jacked. I had to laugh though - it's been a rough couple of weeks - so when at the last 500 feet of on of my last runs throughout this training to take a nasty fall - what can you do but laugh.
The real focus for this week is logistics. Get the crew their info (more about that in my next post), get packed, make sure I have everything organized so that the final week I can just Zen....man.