Well it’s here.
The culmination of the last 10+ weeks of training. I’ve gotten used to typing “Ragnar/Eugene” and now Ragnar is over (sniff), and Huge Eug is actually here.
All along I’ve been wavering over which was my actual “goal” race – was I training to help my Ragnar team, or training for a huge marathon PR in Tracktown, USA?
The reality is that running 32+ miles in an overnight, sleepless relay is not exactly taper-approved. Ok it’s not really anything-in-life approved, unless your goal is to sleep and eat non-stop the entire week+plus afterwards.
Plus, when we realized the heat of the Ragnar Ultra Womens competition, it became very clear that my focus was on Ragnar. I wanted to run my legs HARD and give my team a chance at the title. And if that meant a less-than-stellar performance at Eugene, so be it.
Well, Ragnar is over. I DID run hard and we DID end up winning. Training success!
What I really wasn’t expecting, was to feel as good as I do right now.
My body handled the relay freakishly well. Monday I went out for an easy 4 mile test run. Wednesday I ran a few more successfully pain & fatigue-free miles, and Thursday had a fun/exciting 5 mile fartlek.
Decided : Ready to race Eugene.
A race “plan” has been formulated. It’s scary and exciting and nerve-wracking, but more than anything I’m just thrilled to have the opportunity to run hard tomorrow.
Thank you, sweet awesomely-recovering body. You’re the best.
This is the first training cycle I’ve actually ENJOYED start-to-finish and I’d like to carry that through to the very end. Ideally that will come with a shiny new PR (large or small), but if it doesn’t and I blow up big time and end up DNF/MonsterPW’ing, that’s fine. Probably deserving. Expected. At least I gave it a shot.
… and I get to blame Ragnar.
Good luck to the rest of you racing, long running, recovering… what have you. Our house of Sweaty, Margot, SR and I is bound to plow the city down – either in celebration of epic PRs or the drowning of failed race sorrows.
Sorry to the PNW in advance.