Getting a little nervous
I'm feeling kind of nervous about my big run (48 hour run starting 8am August 10th). I think this will be the most publicized charity run I've ever done, lots of people are involved with helping, not just on race day but with the charity drive and training preparation, as well as all of my new friends on MFP. I'm feeling just a little bit of performance anxiety. When I attempted my first 100 mile run, I bailed out at 75 miles, and at the time it was ok with me because 75 miles was the furthest I had ever run (oh, and I was pretty tired). Now, after having run three 100 mile runs, there can be no giving up.
And I'm walking a fine line with training. I want to train as much as I can, but not so much that I have some sort of overuse injury. I have 5 weeks of training left which includes three 50km or longer races, then three weeks of taper. I'm not quite where I had hoped to be with my training, and five weeks isn't a lot of time in which to improve. Also, I've never finished a race anywhere near the start of the pack, so there's always a huge doubt in my mind about how I'll feel late in the run. Fortunately I won't be racing against anyone but myself. I've set a Gold Medal target of 240km for the run. If I run more than 200km, I'll receive a big "Dirty Girls 48 Hours' belt buckle. If I run more than 100 miles, I'll receive a smaller "Dirty Girls 100 mile' belt buckle. If I run less than 100 miles, I'll get the little "Dirty Girls" finisher's medallion. I really really want the big belt buckle. Really!
Just venting a little, please be patient with me. I can imagine that for the last week before the run I'll be a basket case....