The reality of running 100 miles 4 months from now still hasn’t sunk in. I don’t know if it ever will until race day arrives, and I’m in the midst of the battle.
Last weekend, I nearly ran a marathon on Saturday, took a shower, played 18 holes of golf, and then watched college football. The following day, I did a 90-minute spinning class. Not too long ago, a marathon would cripple me for a week or more. Now, it’s just another long training run, and I’m still feeling good enough to enjoy a normal Saturday.
I’m pleased with the way my running ability has progressed, but 100 miles is still unfathomable. My mind has trouble grasping the concept of running for 24 hours (or more likely, 24 hours plus).
My two 50 mile attempts left me exhausted; what will twice the distance do to me?
And am I really training enough?
Other than my long run, I don’t feel like I’m fully engaged in preparing for Rocky Raccoon (or Bandera, for that matter).
I need to commit fully to this.
I should probably run more. Or should I? I don’t know. It’s hard to know what will work and what won’t. How long should my longest run be? How much cross-training should I do? Should I change my diet?
It’s all one big experiment, and I won’t know the results until February 7-8, 2009.