I have officially registered for my first 100 Miler. "DEAR GOD.. It's Anita, Please remember me over the next 9 months."
- Saturday,October 7th -Good temps.
- Sterling, Illinois to Colona, Illinois on the Hennepin Canal State Trail- Great Scenery.
- Point to point ultra-marathon- No crazy loops to make me loopy, loopier.
- Flat and fast, NO MOUNTAINS...I know, I'm such a wuss.
- NO BEARS! Or killer animals, Just the running beasts I will be along side.
- 30 hour cut-off. -Plenty of time to Torture ONESELF.
This is the better question.
I have great trail partners. My trail crew are so inspiring. They raise the bar, challenge your thinking, and honestly have you BELEIVING you can do it. They scare me into believing I can do things I wouldn't think NO human could or SHOULD ever do, Like RUN A 100MILE Ultra Marathon.The experience that my running partners have is very intimidating, and I am at the bottom of the batch, but they keep you coming back for more.
SO, Here we go Again, Another little adventure.
From now to April 22, it is Marathon TRAINING. This requires very INTENTIONAL running. I am focused on my miles, my pace and my diet. Marathon training requires more muscle fatigue; hills, speedwork, strength training. All the elements I have not done in MONTHS.
AFTER MARATHON...Dive right into Ultra training. Picking up my miles. Enjoying the trails.
Distance: 8 miles: 7 miles on TM-Progressive Run. 1 mile track
Pace: 7miles TM @8:15 pace TRACK for 5 strides at a 90% on the straights, walk the curves. cool down.
~I met JEFF at GAC at 7am. I was excited to have him helping me train and pushing me along. We both got on our favorite TM and off we went. The last mile I had my music and Jeff had the rythym of his footsteps and me barking at him. Every lap, we punch the TM up a notch, today I was ahead of him. Loud and proud I say every lap "OH yeah, Thatta BOY!" or "Come ON NOW, there ya GO."
Jeff smirked the first couple, but I didn't see much out of him as I cheered him on with sweat pouring down me "WeLLcomeee to SUCK, Get After it JEFF!"
Don't LET another year GO and you don't step out of the box. DO what you have dreamed, Conquer something amazing. Swallow your FEAR and quit wishing you "HAD"!
This is NOT edited...can you tell!