Friday, October 5, 2018

My Thoughts on the Big 50

I can’t believe that this weekend is already my big race weekend. I should be saying that I have been training for months for this and it just snuck up on me, but literally it did.  I only signed up for this race a month ago. However, I do keep up with a pretty decent base mileage and try to get at least a double digit run in once a week, but this would be a true endurance challenge.  As this weekend approaches, some thoughts came to mind: 

  1. 1. Am I ready for this? I have only been really training for this race for a month and my longest run in this training cycle was only 21 miles. If this was a marathon that would be fine, but for a 50 miler, I feel like I should have went a little further.  

  1. 2. Running on tired legs- The day I did my 21 miles I was hoping to wake up and do another run on tired legs to get a feel for that. But instead, I was pretty tired and worn out from that run that I took two days off. 

  1. 3. My training wasn’t up to the mileage I’d hoped for, but I did great with cross training-teaching and/or doing Body Pump and Spin class least 1-2 times a week. 

  1. 4. My Crazy schedule- I was pretty worried when I got my schedule for October and I didn’t have the weekend of the race off. Usually swapping and/or dropping trips are not an issue, but for some reason for this month it was.  

  1. 5. I finally was able to get the weekend off….Yay! But in order to do so I had to pick up two trips. I will be working up until 11 pm on Friday night. I have Saturday (the day before the race) off and Sunday (day of the race) but then I have to work a red eye Monday night….yuck! I hope I can walk. Luckily it is a red eye so there will not be much walking around on my part since passengers will be sleeping, the challenge will be for me to not fall asleep! 

So there are some of my concerns for my upcoming race.  But hey, I keep trying to think of the positives, I at least have off and I am going to make the best of it!

Have you ever signed up for a big event but plans got rearranged leading up to it? -L



27 comments:

  1. I think you will be fine! The energy and excitement of the event will override your tired legs. Sometimes life does interfere with our training plans but I'm glad you got the weekend off for the race!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh wow! You will definitely be a tired puppy. But I happy, self satisfied puppy. Good luck!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes I will but hopefully the adrenaline will keep me going.

      Delete
  3. You'll be great--you always seem to do so well! Good luck!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Here's where your years of running experience come in. Hope it goes great for you!

    ReplyDelete
  5. You will do great. Can't wait to read your race review! Have fun!!!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I had a similar experience when I did a 6 hour race. You can't control everything. Just be conservative and give yourself some grace. Good luck and have fun!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I am excited for you! You are young and have lots of running experience. Can't wait to hear all about it

    ReplyDelete
  8. You'll do great! Seems like this is a big weekend for races. Remember a Stick or something to help massage those muscles :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes! I already have a massage apt booked for the following day.

      Delete
  9. I bet you will do fantastic - between the strong base and all of the cross training, you will be fine! Can't wait to hear all about it!

    ReplyDelete
  10. You're going to do great! Looking forward to hearing all about it!

    ReplyDelete
  11. You got this!!!! Sending you all the good vibes!!!

    ReplyDelete
  12. You are young and fit and totally can do it all! That said, I often wondered if flight attendants doze off during those overnight flights...

    Good luck on the race!

    ReplyDelete
  13. It sounds like you have a great attitude! Have fun! How long do you anticipate it taking? Do you plan on running the whole thing? If you plan on hiking some, do you have scheduled breaks or do you just go by feel? What do you plan to eat during the race?

    ReplyDelete
  14. My first ultra (a 6-hour overnight adventure) had a messed up training cycle. My first bout with PF. I was busy with all the spring obligations (tennis, Prom and dance recital). My MIL's sudden passing (which warranted a couple of weekend trips to the hubby's hometown, almost 5-hours away) so some of the weekend long runs didn't happen. Yadda yadda yadda. All went surprisingly well, though, because I had ZERO expectations. Best of luck to YOU!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I'm a little late reading this... but congrats on the race!! I saw you finished on Insta! HOpe you red eye went well and you are recovering.

    ReplyDelete

Fairytales and Fitness is a personal blog authored and edited by us, Meranda and Lacey. The thoughts expressed here represent only our own and are not meant to be taken as professional advice. Please note that our thoughts and opinions change from time to time. We consider this a necessary consequence of having an open mind in an ever changing society. Any thoughts and opinions expressed within our out-of-date posts may not be the same, nor even similar, to those we may express today.