Friday, October 8, 2010

Pre-Firetrails 50 Thoughts (#4, so miles 150-200)

Lake Chabot, around mile 46 or 47

This is sort of weird.  Despite the minimal hassle-- no drop bags, real short drive --in a way I'm more nervous about my next race, Firetrails 50 tomorrow than I have for any of the 100-milers I've done this year.  A few factors:
  • The 22.5 miles I ran on Tuesday was probably too much, though I tried to go easy, and I've done worse not tapering.
  • I haven't run a 50-mile race since Quicksilver in May of last year.  In fact I haven't run a non-100 mile ultra since this April.
  • I haven't run Firetrails in three years.
    • 2008-- Ironman Sports Medicine Conference in Kona 
    • 2009--had just run Hundred in the Hood, leaving my family for the weekend.  Still, I swung by Chabot and took photos of some of the 50 milers and marathoners close to the finish (click for link to Picasa album).  But I regretting not having registered and run myself.
  • Thick field looking at the entrants list (almost 300 registered-- a record).  Not that I really care that much, but if I went from 3rd place overall (2007) to 13th or 30th place overall this year, well, that would make me look so over-the-hill.
  • I think I might really be over-the-hill, so maybe just as well.  I'm a little nervous about how far over the hill I've descended.
Age-group-winner wine bottle awards, 2006 & 2007.  Highly unlikely to get another this year. 
For newer readers, blog report from 2007 detailing my close end-of-race duel with the 2nd place masters male.

Okay, I'm actually not trembling with fear.  Looking forward to a really beautiful day on the trails and hanging out with my ultra-peeps at the post-race picnic.

with co-RD and ultrarunning goddess Ann Trason at the finish three years ago

4 comments:

Her Name is Rio said...

Try to not let the nerves get the best of you- just remember why you run and enjoy the experience. Good luck and have fun out there! Looking forward to your race report!

Drs. Cynthia and David said...

Oh the trials and tribulations of the elite! I'm debating early start vs regular start, wondering if I'll be slower than last year...

Don't worry. You've still got megaspeed in those legs. Have fun!

Cynthia

Jean Pommier said...

Was good to see you again on the trails, teammate! Yes, it's tough to live several busy and intense lives to their fullest. Tough but fulfilling, right? ;-)

See you again soon, and keep the balance, Mark.

Jean Pommier said...

Was good to see you again on the trails, teammate! Yes, it's tough to live several busy and intense lives to their fullest. Tough but fulfilling, right? ;-)

See you again soon, and keep that balance, Mark.