In 6 1/2 more weeks…. I’m COMING TO GET YOU!!!!!
I pulled up my log books to review how much training I’ve done in the last 6 months towards this goal of running my first 100 mile race. I’ve done 862 miles (and February isn’t even half over yet!) In November, I ran 175 miles which was more than I’d ever ran before (my previous high was 169 miles the year before.) In December, I ran a new personal best in miles and did 200! Then, in January, I did another 170 (which involved 2 50ks and lots of other long runs!) I ran a solo 50 miler on December 30th, faster than I’d ran the previous two! Just this past weekend, I ran nearly a 50k in training at a pace faster than I’d done before, as well. I’m improving! I’m getting stronger and fitter and keeping my eyes firmly on the prize!
For fun, I tallied how many long runs (15 miles or longer) of each distance I have done since September. Here’s the work I’ve done in order to prepare for my goal:
(1) 50 miler
(4) Runs of 20 – 30 miles (20, 27, 27, 28)
(9) Runs between 16 – 19 miles (16, 16, 17, 17, 17, 18, 18, 18, 19)
It wasn’t easy making time for all of those long runs. I’m a busy Mom of five! But, I made the commitment and I have put in the miles and the time and I’m very proud of myself for hanging in there, even when it was cold or when I had to get up at 3:45 am to go on one of those long runs! I have learned to juggle my life better through this process. And, I have realized that I really did have the time all along to achieve such a lofty dream – I just had to make it a priority!
I’ve followed the training plan for a hundred miler on about 50 miles a week from the book:
I’ll be running the Antelope Island Buffalo Run 100 miler on March 23, 2012 (my baby girl’s 5th birthday!) I can’t wait!