Anyone else remember Sherman's 3-D BB on "Rocky and Bullwinkle?" Well, I got out my board and started planning next year. This year was quantity, next year will be quality.
Things I learned while falling down:
I don't recover from races as fast as I did when a pup, so, if I'm going to be running these insanely long races, I'm going to have to do only a couple. I'd hoped to use races as training runs, but I can't do it like some people do.
People who excel at 100 miles don't have problems with electrolytes, fluids, food, etc. like I have. At 16 hours, my body rebels. Do you see where this is heading yet?
"Phylogeny recapitulates ontogeny." [You can look it up.] I can't escape genetics. I have 70% type IA fast twitch fibers and my best distance is 3K-5K. No one expects Usain Bolt to win a 10K and no one should expect me to win 100 miles. I'm out in the woods because, emergency room visits aside, I enjoy it. Really. Julie's latest post has a picture of me looking cheerful (Wayne's has me an hour later, after falling and getting stung. A world of difference!)
Running with Paul Hasse, he said something that made a lot of sense: "When you start 100 miles, think, 'Can I hold this pace for 100 miles? If not, slow down.'" This got me starting both FANS and Superior too slowly. I'm gonna crash and burn anyway, so I may as well do it my way. Just because something makes sense doesn't mean it's right!
Training for long races got me running slower and slower in training, but not significantly better. I ran for the first time since Superior yesterday, and I'm forcing myself to run a minute per mile faster until I get used to it again. My mileage will be low for quite a while until I get there.
The plan for 2009:
Get back into 2:50-3:00 marathon shape and blast a 50K (probably Trail Mix, as it's flat and easy).
Run FANS with a goal to set age class records from the start and hang on for dear life! That's 8 minute miles for 50 miles to start! Then slowing slightly through the 100K record, then not just the age class but overall record for 12 hours (87.29 miles, instead of 70.71). This would be way ahead of the 12 hour field, not just the 24 hour field. That gives me 12 hours to run 13 miles to finish my first 100! If I don't quit, walking the second half gives me a shot at winning the 24 hour.
Then, it's planning to run Superior again. Gotta get that monkey off my back. I've joked over the year that I'm slowly turning into Julie (I have her hat and pink gaiters already), but the way that she threw herself into training after her DNF at Superior in 2006 has me inspired.
Don't worry! It's all just pipe dreams at this stage. But the planning's half the fun.
Going up the country
2 days ago