Although this is not about running, I felt it represents a little how I am feeling these days.
Spruce Woods Ultra or my first 50km run is in 24 days. It is within sight on my calendar. Granted there are a lot of other things in-between now and then, but the anxiety I knew I would be feeling come race day, is starting to build. I am really looking forward to getting out there with the gear on, the nutrition on board, the anxiety percolating, and the excitement welling. I believe no matter the result it will be a fantastic day with a load of learning.
This will not be my only race this year.
I was hoping for something else later in the year, and with the help of Scott Sugimoto I tracked down the Marathon du P’tit Train du Nord It is in late October, through The Laurentians, on trail, and downhill. My wife gave me the permission and I signed up. This will be my first “official” marathon.
In my You vs The Year challenge of running 1017 kms in 2017 I am currently at 764 kms over 52 runs. I was hoping to meet this goal during SWU, but I think I will be a little short. I may try to make it happen, but at the risk of a successful taper for SWU.
In my #Run1000miles challenge in 2017 I am currently at 474 miles. I am really excited about hitting the 500 mile mark this weekend. I feel I will reach this goal by the time of or during the Marathon du P’tit Train du Nord.
The training has been good. Ramped up but going well enough. Now that it is warming up in the morning quicker I have been able to bike commute to work and throwing in some run commutes. If I choose to run commute I get a great back to back for 15 miles. 7.5 miles in the morning. 7.5 in the late afternoon. It is trick backing all the nutrition needed as well my work needs but I figured out a system in the fall and I just need to keep organized.
I have been doing hills on Tuesdays and really pushing myself. I suffered a concerning ankle injury on a long run about three weeks ago, re-injured it on the edge of a single track but with the help of JF, it seems to be healing well enough.
Also I have been making sure to hit my goals stretching, doing physio, and core strength training, although I feel I could be pushing myself a little more in the strength training.
I am planning to post part 2 of my training post after spruce woods as I am trying out some things and I want to test out the training before commenting on it.
Enough for now,