Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I guess I will try to get packed up tonight for Rocky. It will be a bit in the warm side but very close to last years temps. I am really looking forward to getting on the plane and on the way. I am still not sure what I will be doing for Hydration. I have a single bottle Go Lite waist pack I may use with a handheld to start. Last year I ran with my Nathan HPL pack which worked well, I was able to go the 1st loop without having to stop and refill. I will likely try the 1st loop with the GOlite and switch if needed.
I am really amazed how much I have accomplished in 11 weeks. I went from being 198 lbs, running about 50/week to logging 1115 miles the next 11 weeks and dropping about 21 lbs. I really think the few months of low mileage helped to recharge everything.
Today I think I am in the best shape of my life. I had a thorough body fat and composition done yesterday. My body fat was 5.8% which is the lowest it has ever been. My hips waist and butt were about 1 inch lower than my previous lowest measurements. I weighed in at 177-178 lbs, a new low for me. Mentally I am focused and ready, I know it is going to be rough, it will hurt and there will likely be times when I feel like stopping. I will have mental lows, leg cramps, stomach issues, blisters, toenails falling off and who knows what else....I can't wait.
I know my splits from last year but will not wear a watch to track them. Last year Rocky was my best race ever, it all clicked. I have done my best to put myself in a position to have a good race. I am just going to go what pace feels right and see where each loop ends up. I need to get 60 miles strong. Rick will be able to pull me through the dark on those last 2 loops. John will be right behind me trying to catch me the entire time, even though he will be 700 miles away at home, he will still be there ........pushing me.
I can't wait for Breakfast on Sunday!!