I feel like I've done enough long distance runs to know that you can never truly know what race day will hold. Instead, you have to be prepared for anything and everything.
The Twisted Ankle marathon isn't your typical marathon. For one, it's on the trails. Two, there are going to be wicked elevation climbs. I'm a little unnerved that they had to change the course at the last minute and the RD has yet to give any indication of what the new elevation chart will look like. All I know is there's going to be a ridiculous climb (a 20% grade for about .6 miles) at mile 9 and 22 (of course it would be in the last 6 miles- of COURSE!). Everything in between is a mystery, but perhaps that is a good thing since ignorance is bliss.
Interesting to note- last year's first place finisher had a time of almost 4 hours. There were 5 women in my age group, with the fastest time being 4:44 and the slowest being 6:50.
Those numbers sure give me an idea of how difficult this course is going to be. Hopefully I'll fit somewhere in between.
It seems like every time I make a goal for myself and openly and publicly declare it- it always comes back to bite me in the derrière. But I just.can't.help it!
So my goal for this race....
Based on my last 50k time and my last mountain training run, my goal is to get as close to 5:59:59 as possible. That's about a 13:40/mile pace, and I'd be lying if I thought that was going to be easy (for comparison's sake, I ran the Savannah RnR marathon with a 10:45/mile pace).
I plan to: run the down hills, "shuffle" the levels, and crawl, I mean walk the uphills. Just like the Fools run, I plan to eat something every other mile and take an e-cap every 5 miles. Hopefully, this will keep the tummy gremlins at bay.
And to end on a positive note, I'll leave you with this quote from an ultrarunning guru I know, "at least it's called the 'Twisted Ankle' and not the 'Broken Ankle' run. You can at least run on a twisted ankle."
Done anything stupid lately?