It’s here, it’s finally here!! The American River 50 Mile Endurance Run is tomorrow! I’m very excited and nervous and have been absolutely charming to everybody I’ve seen today. I feel very prepared for this race, which is something of an anomaly for me, but I’m enjoying the feeling. The hay is in the barn and tomorrow I get to feed the horses. Or something like that. Let’s look over the facts:
- I’ve run (very nearly) the entire course. New this year is a small 2.2-mile loop that got tacked on because of some other changes. It’s the only part I haven’t seen and even though it could be straight up a mountainside, I think I’ll be okay.
- The part I am least familiar with is the second half, but I ran it the same direction with UltraIronHubs when I paced his AR 50 two years ago and I ran it the opposite direction later that year at my first 50-miler, the Rock’n River. So, I’ve totally run this part of the course, just not recently.
|Pacing UIH. I’m smiling because I’m barely a half-marathon into my day, even though he was at Mile 40-ish.|
- The part I am most familiar with is the first half, which I’ve been running pretty frequently these last few months. I feel very, very confident about getting to Mile 30. So I got that going for me.
- My weekly and monthly mileage have been waaaaaay higher than my previous 50-miler training plan called for, and I feel great. Strong, powerful and ready to run more. 2013 was the first year in the eight that I’ve been running that I was completely injury-free. BAM!
- A good portion of my miles these days are run on trails. Not every day, of course, but about once a week, usually for my long run. Since my first 50, I’ve run another half dozen or more trail races. I feel so much more confident about navigating the technical parts. Not, you know, directional navigation, since I still get lost at almost every race. Whatever.
So, you might think, what with this list of my awesome prep for this race, that I would have a goal list as long as my arm. Nope. Even better than that, I have one singular goal for tomorrow:
Okay, yes, that does include a few ancillary goals that I think are just implied, but that I will spell out here:
- Don’t drown.
- Start the race and finish the race.
- Keep moving forward.
- Try really, really, really hard not to get lost (though, honestly, this is not a deal-breaker. I’ve become eerily accustomed to being lost and finding my way back to the race).
- Stay hydrated.
- Don’t fall too much.
- Make friends.
- Smile at the finish line.
I am really looking forward to a long, exhausting and totally awesome day tomorrow. I hope you will be spending it doing something you love, too!