Thursday, October 30, 2008

If You Don't Mind It Don't Matter

I remember the first time I heard the saying in the title of today's post. It was the first week of basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

Some rough and tough drill sergeant told us that as we were getting ready for P.T.

It a pretty true statement.

I am all packed up and ready to head out to Bandera for the Cactus Rose 100 mile trail run.

http://www.tejastrails.com/CactusRose.html

I have not been feeling 100% since I got back from Palo Duro 50 miler. Hell I have only been running 3 times but not for very long. A friend of mine Mark from Austin will be pacing me through the night on this race. I have never had a pacer before, but it should be fun. I would like to run a 24hr 100 this weekend, but I will not push it too hard. I am just going to head out there and have fun. Take breaks, talk a little, make a day of it. Just play it by ear. We have to provide our own food at this race. I think I am ready, lots of SPIZ, Ensure, HEED, and gels.

I have been trying to talk myself out of this race all week. These 100 milers are so mentally taxing. I have been apprehensive and a little scared about this race all week. I have prepared myself physically for this one I think. I will need to manage my nutrition properly and my hydration and my expectations. If I am able to do this well, then the race will be good. This race will be my 3 100 mile attempt and hopefully my second finish. The biggest thing a person needs to complete a race like this is patience.

Wish me luck, I am going to need it.

2 comments:

Mark said...

It was an honor to pace you at Cactus - you are one tough SOB!!!

Curtis said...

Major congrats.