First off, let's all take a minute and celebrate the government being open again. For now at least. Strange women lying about in ponds distributing swords is starting to sound like a good way to pick leaders, isn't it?
It's now a month until the Stone Mill 50 mile race and I've finally decided to put more than 5 seconds of thought into my training and plan out the next four weeks...kinda. I don't like planning weekday mileage, I really like just doing whatever I feel like on each day. I'm a rebel at heart. What I have done is plan out my weekend running from now until race day.
This weekend: Long run of 18 miles. I would be happy if I could squeeze out a 20, but it's really hard for me to get 20 done before I have to be home to take Faith to swim lessons, so I'm setting a more reasonable goal.
Next weekend: Long solo trail run. There is a reasonable chance I could be running Stone Mill by myself, so it seems smart (?) to run for hours in the woods by myself to get ready for that. I'm going to do about 23 miles on the trails and then finish up on the pavement to make it at least 26 miles.
I'm cheating a little on the "alone" part because I'm going to bring Peanut along. She loves the trails and it should be nice and cool on that weekend, aka perfect dog running weather.
After that long run, I will start my "taper". I use quotes because I don't really taper that much. I will ease back on my long runs, but I'm not going to cut back on mileage too much because it historically doesn't work out well for me on race day and I become a raging bitch in the meantime.
The weekend of November 2nd/3rd: 14-16 mile long run. I will play this one by ear based on how my legs are feeling.
The weekend of November 9th/10th: 10-12 mile long run. I'll actually cut back on mileage the week of the race and this will be my last double digit run before race day.
Hopefully this plan (which is basically what I did for the JFK 50, but without the organized marathon for my last long run), will work out for me. Even with months of 60 mile weeks behind me, I'm still harboring some concerns about the actual race.
It's actually really working out for me that this is a laid back and low key race. It's helping me stay calm about the whole thing, which is good because thinking about running 50 miles in the woods isn't a very calming thought. The weather is the one wild card here and after my rainy 10 mile race, I can't help but think about what it would be like to run five times that distance in the rain. I'm sure it will be fine and even if it isn't, it will be a hilarious story later.
Alyssa has promised me that the aid stations at this race are amazing and I'm excited about that. We don't get traditional fancy race swag like a shirt or a medal, so I'm glad I can bask in my glory with good food instead. Maybe I can make a necklace out of Oreos and pretend that's my race premium.
I brought up this question on Twitter earlier today, so to expand on it: Which would you rather get at the end of a race: a bag full of assorted candy or a (non-fancy) race medal?
I'd go for the candy. I like race medals and I even have a nice hanger for them, but candy always wins for me.