Saturday during park run my phone kept ringing. The christening I thought was Sunday was Saturday? OMG?
So Sunday I had not entered Skyline, so then I did. Far better than hauling the 50k workout alone.
In this race last year I placed third after an almighty fall. 0.0
This year it would be the final acid acid test on left ankle after putting it through a road marathon first, and bump up the endurance fitness for looming races ahead.
Race Game Plan?
Run Game Plan really.
Keep HR no higher than about 130. Run entire course, no walking apart from standing for shortest time possible at every aid station. See how pre race load was calculated? Hungry? Not hungry? Head clarity good? Stay on time with nutrition/ gels and don't squash the banana in my hand until I eat it at mile 16. Neg split even if running relaxed. Get her done!
Everything on point. Ankle did not like the hard clay surfaces much that were loaded with dents from past rains. But ok.
Head game clear. Body backed up very well from solid week of normal work. Good job body.
It's very liberating to get to the point of zero f's when you are using all the awesome benefits and structure of an organized race to get long work done safely. Zero f's when you are passed but simply waving them on as you drift along in the private Idaho head space that seems to magically appear when running for hours. It's kinda like being in the Land Of Narnia in your mind. 0.0
A couple of times during the race as I chatted away in my head I saw myself when I was a kid.
Intentionally missing the school bus home and deciding to walk the four miles and meander about looking at stuff. Etc
Taking off through the bush across the road, down past the clay pits to get to my tennis lesson Sunday where all the other parents dropped their kids off but not mine, mine said "get yourself there and get yourself home"
And so.. Sunday I got myself home. Back to that finish line again.
Home is where the heart is. With my man and on the run.
Scena Performance always puts on a tidy race.
One more thing!
The one dog out of ALL dogs out hiking that came right up to me for a good sniff was called DINGO. HAHAHHAHA