No doubt you've been following both mine and Kara's fascinating 50 mile race training. Well, while we are both running 50 mile races on the same day, they are not the same race. I'm not running the "famous" JFK 50 (famous, meaning, a few people who aren't ultrarunners have actually heard of it), I'm running a much smaller race called Stone Mill. Luckily for me, Lily will be running with me, and Perry, who is in Kara's running group and has trained with us a bit, will also be running it. I also just found out that the incredible ultrarunner Shelly, will be starting out with us.
So, we've been virtually training, and we'll also be virtually running, which is significantly less fun than actually running together.
To highlight the differences between our races, the JFK 50 is so famous it even has it's own bumper sticker. Not famous enough for the bumper sticker to turn up on Google images, apparently, but still, if you've been on the East Coast, maybe you've seen it. There's even a lottery to get in.
Here's a direct quote, cut and copied from an email I received from the Stone Mill race director yesterday.
"Please, please do not urinate or defecate in the parking lot at the school. The toilets in the stadium will be open in the morning. We want to use the school again.".
I think that says it all.
Can you tell the 50 miler is just beginning to take over my brain?
One of the reasons I wish Kara was running the race with me is her way with words. She described my feelings perfectly by saying "I felt ok after Baltimore, but MCM has killed my will to live".
Sunday I was supposed to run five miles. Not only was I completely unable to run any miles, even after watching the exciting NYC marathon finish, but I couldn't even be bothered to do any laundry, or get off the couch, the entire day.
So here's my other secret - I'm really lazy at heart.
You know how some people are like "Oh, I just can't sit around, I get bored, I need to be moving". Well, my hat's off to them, but that statement confuses me just as much as "I couldn't finish that dessert, it was too rich".
Middle school to college - I love them all.
I have managed to leave the Garmin at home and gone on two easy five mile runs this week. I'm not trying to break any records (don't even know what they would be) at the 50 miler, so I'm following Jessica's wise suggestion of just running for fun and not worrying about speed until after the race.
Which person are you - the person who can't wait to organize their closets, or the person sitting beside me laughing as Zack puts on past Mr. Belding for the 756th time?