Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Ready to Rumble

It's just a few sleeps to go before I'll run my first race 100 mile race and I've got to say I'm feeling pretty relaxed despite the monstrosity of the task ahead. For years I've put the 100 mile thing on a pedestool, never quite feeling like I'd be ready for it physically nor mentally. It became a bit of a monkey on my back but now I can say that I'm at last ready to go and show what I've got over this distance.

In fact, just to rub it in, the official distance is 175.3km which is actually 108.9 miles. Bonus miles. Yay.

I have a massive new found respect for ultra runners who do this type of thing often. Aside from the obvious massive hours of training, just organising your stuff together for the day is quite a mission in itself. Food, drink, gear, lights, transport, warm clothes, cool clothes, bedding, tubs of vasoline, etc etc. All this makes me long for the days of the 10k local fun run!

Which brings me to the question I've been asking myself a lot this week...why the heck am I doing this? I welcome all comments, but I guess for me it is about the challenge, the insatiable urge to do better, to go longer and to go faster. To take my body to places it's never been and come out on top.

I have no idea how this will go, but I'll run to a plan and hope it works. I feel like I've done the preparation, now all I've got to do is run this beast. There will be a live feed to updated checkpoint times here I wish all entrants safe and strong running.

See you at Patonga!
Hopefully I won't be needing the chair!