If you're just joining me, 6 months ago I signed up to run the Indiana Trail 100 ultra marathon. I didn't even know anyone who had run an ultra before, but it just sounded like a crazy adventure, and something I would love to do. My counselor says I have an adrenaline addictive personality...I guess I might agree with him. ;)
I mentioned to my friend Dan that I was running it, and he said he wanted to run it with me. I didn't even have to talk him into it. I can't tell you what a sense of relief that gave me. I know having him out there with me will help me so much!
I honestly do feel ready for this. There have been times when I've doubted myself. I'm not an excellent runner, I'm not fast, I'm not on a run streak, I haven't even ran as many miles as has been on my plan. But since signing up I have ran 2 more marathons (for a total of 4), I ran 20 miles on the high school track, I ran 35 miles on the trail where this race will be held, in horrible, snowy, muddy conditions.
I've pushed myself. I've ran when I was sick. I kept going when I didn't think I could possibly run one more step. I've ran through pain and through tears.
But I haven't been perfect. I have quit at times. Sometimes I would stop short of my goal. Sometimes I wouldn't finish a run. Now I know what it feels like to quit. And I don't like it.
I will remember this on Saturday!
Julie and I went out for margarita's one last time. Wait, not as in the last time EVER. I'm sure there will be more times. It's not like I'm going to die, right??
Yesterday I did my last run. A nice, easy 3 miles. I get a runners high after only 3 miles, I can't imagine what I'll feel like after 100!
Tomorrow Dan and I will load up the car and head to Indiana for packet pick up. Albion is about a 5 hour drive for us. We'll be staying Friday night with some friends of mine, and get to the race Saturday morning at 5:30, and start running at 6.
We'll have 30 hours to complete it, but hopefully it won't take that long. I'm really not worried about my time though, I'm just going to enjoy it and keep putting one foot in front of the other until I've completed 100 miles.
I plan on checking in every 32 miles. (We will run around the 16 mile trail 6 times.) I'll be updating Instagram and/or Facebook.
Just in case I can't say it again (sorry, trying not to be morbid!), I love you guys!! The running community is absolutely the best and I am so thankful for you all. You guys have encouraged me so much on this journey, thank you with all of my heart.
See ya on the other side!!
If you're interested in tracking my race, just send me a msg, and I'll send you the link.