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Run Efficient: The final miles

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The final miles

Well here we go!  The final week of the taper before McNaughton and I'm as ready as I can be.  Of course there's always more you wish you got done but for the time and effort and for this training cycle I'm happy. 

I've thrown some goals and thoughts out to a few people about the race, but as the time gets closer, and I think more about it I have but one goal.  To finish.  With two DNF's under my belt and not having run past 77 miles I'm playing it smart.  Sure it'd be awesome to get under 24 hours and cross the finish for a podium spot, but I really, really just want to have my own run and be conservative to get through. 

I need this confidence boost to continue on in other events and race those.  In my first 50 I just wanted to finish.  Then a few years later, after injuries I decided to set a goal and see what I could do.  I got a bit ahead of myself this year and figured I'd set some goals since I figured I had some experience in the long distance.  However this could be a recipe for disaster.  Too much can happen out there.

That said the taper went well, as well as it could have gone.  Here are the final few miles:

Tuesday - Stroudwater Trail, 4.  Interesting run in wet soggy, slippery conditions. Warmed up for a mile then did two miles of 30 second fartleks with a minute easy in between, and a mile cool-down.

Thursday - Eastern Trail, 3.  Ahh the final run before the big day! Just an easy 3 to shake out the legs and make sure I'm over-thinking every aspect of the race... the madness!

 Alright time to keep eating!


At May 10, 2012 at 5:36 PM , Blogger mindy said...

Can't wait to cheer you on out there, Jeremy - that is a) if I finish and b) finish my 50 before your finish your 100. You've trained incredibly well and incredibly smart. Time to put it all down in the Mountains. Go Jeremy Go!!!

At May 10, 2012 at 7:24 PM , Blogger unstrung said...

Rock. and. friggin. roll. Sending you the most biggest lengthiest vibes of sweet rugged energy ever. Crux ftw. Know that you are never, ever alone out there.

At May 10, 2012 at 8:56 PM , Blogger Jamie said...

Your preparation has been so dead-on it's a work of art. You are ready. Smart mindset with playing conservative, at least at first... but I hope you'll pour it on later on if you can. You know what you're doing though...just trust your training (how can you not) and have a blast out there. I know you and everyone else will and for that I am simultaneously happy and jealous!


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