Today I am exactly a month out from Mountain Madness. This is not, or at least, should not be a shock to me. I decided I was going to run this race way back at the beginning of 2014. In fact, in 2013 I knew I’d be running my first half, in a trail, it just seemed a lot further a way then and thus nothing to worry about.
My transition from road races to trail races hasnt been an easy one. Dirty Feet kicked my f***ing ass, and I while I pulled a 2hr finish at Golden Ears, I was only a few from last and felt a bit out of my element. OUT OF MY ELEMENT? How is that even possible? Nothing feels more right for me than a trail run. So, after that cold, drizzly, amazing race in May, I spent the entire summer kicking my own ass in every trail, every elevation gain, every technicality I could find.
So how am I feel about Mountain Madness a month out? Confident. Determined. Strong, but not strong enough yet. I feel like I still have so much to learn. A few more group runs to tag along on. A few more weekends climbing the hardest trails I can find. I cant shake this feeling like I’ve lost out on time sitting out with injuries. The month of August went down the drain – the first month of the training plan.
On the flip, I’m trying to remind myself that missing that first month was ok. I didn’t sit it all out, I kept working on smaller, less strenuous things. On top of that, I know I have a good enough base to get me to the finish. If the race were tomorrow morning, I would finish and I would be proud… but I want to push, I want better than my average, better than my usual. I’ve been working on my speed, working on my posture, working on my strength and endurance…. its time for hard work to pay off.