1 week from today I’ll be 5 hours into my first 100 miler.
I signed up for Burning River after a long run with Dan-o – we both talked about doing a 100 miler this year. We decided Burning River was good timing for Cayuga 50 to be a good training race.
So 100 Mile Training.
- I still haven’t followed a training plan.
- I wanted to do a 100 mile week, or 2… nope.
- I wanted to do 70+ mile weeks… nope.
- I got 2 weeks that were over 50. One week included Cayuga Trails 50, the other was a week in the ADK’s hiking and the Whiteface Sky Marathon.
- I’ve already done 215 miles of racing.
- The races I’ve done have been awesome, and hard.
- I ran a trail marathon the weekend after a trail 50. Everything hurt.
- I hiked 3 high peaks, and “ran” 2 more before racing a Sky Marathon on Whiteface. That destroyed me. Then raced a trail half marathon the weekend after and PR’d.
I had accepted that my low mileage would be ok. Maybe im just a low mileage runner? At least I wouldn’t be going into the race injured.
But then. I hurt my foot.
So yeah. 1 week and I somehow twisted my foot in a way to injure the top/side/arch… It feels a lot better just 3 days after… but it’s still swollen, and some faint bruising. I definitely can’t run on it yet.
Crazy how you can run all kinds of races. Hike and run for 24 hours in a week. But in less than 2 miles in one of the easiest places to trail run (Bay Park West), you ruin your foot? I had an awesome injury free streak going.
It’s weird. Im use to things just going away. But I keep waking up and it’s still there. I’m slightly concerned. But running a 100 will still happen.
Also – It could definitely be worse. I’ve just never been sidelined before, so I’m a huge baby and am going to complain about this!
So the plan for BR100?
- Just run. and finish under 30 hours. but I’d love to be closer to 24.
- I’ll have an awesome crew and pacers, and an awesome Dan-o that’ll be somewhere out there.
- Try not to die. but if I do – I’m ok with death by running.
- If I can’t run till race day, I’m just keeping up with strength training. Not much I can do now, other than repair my foot, and get more sleep.
Goals in life.
- Never DNF.
- Never DNS.
- Never be comfortable. I never what to be 100% about something. I have to go in with some concerns – you never know what will happen – in life and in races.
- Stay consistent, but also be competitive.
- Always try something new. You never know what you’re missing. It could be the one thing you needed!
So this year I’ve been a low mileage runner. But have done better at most races. I have to give credit to the Rossi strength training though. Low mileage plus increased strength = good running.
Also – I love racing a lot more than just running. I could go on a rant about racing. but I won’t. Maybe later. Maybe after Burning River… oh yeah….
… Burning River. I’m nervous. The end.