Here we are on the front end of a long weekend. Exactly one week from now, at this very moment that I write this, I am hoping that I will be encroaching on the 50K (31 mi) mark of the 50 mile race.
This morning consisted of running a 2 hour trail run as the taper continues. There were a lot of mountain bikers on the trail so I had to keep my head up in order not to be overrun. It was a humid morning and the temperature may hit the century mark this afternoon. It's nice to run about 10 miles and still have a great amount of energy to carry out the plan of the day...what ever that may entail. For sure it will include watching the Fightn' Texas Aggies suit up and take the field tonight.
Occasionally I am asked if I know anyone else running The North Face 50 miler. The answer is, "well, kinda." Let me explain. Runner's World has a discussion forum on the web and one thread has been dedicated to this very race. For the past few months, there have been a group of runners that post the good, the bad, and the ugly of their training for this particular ultramarathon. We have never met...at least that we know of. Despite that, there seems to exists a camaraderie amongst the runners. Here is the cool part. We are all going to meet Friday evening before the race to partake in a carbo load fest at Maggiano's. I am really looking forward to that.
On last surprise. My parents are coming in on Thursday to see the grand kids. Then they have volunteered to watch them the entire weekend so that my wife Brenda can make the trip to Virgina. I am excited about that as I really wanted her to be there to celebrate my first 50 mile finish with me...if all goes well. For those that know her, you know that SHE WILL NOT BE PACING ME. But she does plan on being there at on the course at one of the busier aid stations. I am pumped!
Until next time....