Sunday, October 14, 2007

what a fun run!

Driving up the I-5 on Friday, getting closer to the Bay Area, the skies opened up, and it was pouring like crazy. Uh oh, am I going to be running 50 miles in the rain come Saturday? I didn't even bring a running jacket should that happen.

As it turned out, the rains stopped in the early evening, and the stars twinkled happily in the night sky. The following morning, we had perfect running weather. How perfect, would you say? Perfect enough that my official time was 10:46:14, meeting my original goal of an eleven-hour finish.

Now, the big question is, do I have the balls and the commitment to put my name in the hat?

Race report and photos will follow. For now, I'm sending out my full-hearted gratitude to all my friends and family who supported me in this idiotic endeavor. :)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

50, now that's a big number

Ok, so this past week I've been preoccupied with work so much that I haven't given much thought to this weekend's race, the Dick Collins Firetrails 50 Miles. But now that it's just a little over a day away, the enormity of the challenge ahead is beginning to weigh on me. 50 miles--now that's a lot of ground to cover. Just at the beginning of this year, the thought of running this long is insane. Several months later and over a thousand miles later, the insanity of this undertaking has not lessened, though now I am actually going to attempt it.

I've been pretty relaxed till I started to talking to a couple of friends about it this week, and well, I wonder if I've been taking this race a little too lightly. As evidenced by my previous post, my training has not been all that great which makes this race even daunting now.

Oh my, what have I gotten myself into?

Well, I'm traveling tomorrow to the Bay Area for the run. The race is on Saturday morning, and hopefully at the end of the day, I can say, "50, now that's a big number I just ran today."

Thursday, October 4, 2007

weird, wacky training schedule

Since the Bulldog weekend where I did a nice back-to-back long runs, my training schedule has been very erratic due to running taking a back seat to some family and personal stuff that's been happening.

09/03 to 09/09 = 27 miles
09/10 to 09/16 = 57 miles
09/17 to 09/23 = 25 miles
09/24 to 09/30 = 52 miles
10/01 to present = 17.23 miles

So the Dick Collins Firetrails 50 Miler is a little over a week away. Fitness wise, I feel I can do it. My original goal was going under 11 hours to qualify for this little summer run that begins in Squaw Valley, CA and ends in Auburn, CA. But with the less than ideal training I've put in behind me, I'd be happy just to be able to finish it before the cut-off of 13 hours. Well, with the race this close, I guess it's time to taper, shut up, and just give it my best shot.