Being a rankless ultra runner....(definition; A wanna be ultra runner that has not actually run an ultra yet....but is in the final training stages for a scheduled event.) I have many more questions than answers but have more than one answer to each question.
To clarify that remark, In my research, I have talked to many runners and read many blogs. From ultra veterans to newbees like myself, I have tabulated a large volume of information. This information contains many different answers to every question I have .... too many.
You see everyone is different, what works for one may not work for another. So, I have a bucket full of answers waiting for the privilage of being useful to me. The moment I find out which ones fits is the moment I fall across that finish line or the moment I am unlucky enough to have a dreaded DNF next to my name.
Being in taper right now causes me much grief. I have too much time to review and wish and wonder yet no time left to train further. Why can't I shut the brain off.....just flick that switch and breeze through the next week and a half?
In my brain, I have run this race many times and being familiar with the course at Pineland, I can close my eyes and see virtually every inch of the terrain. I can see myself enjoying the sunny day, in my vision I have no problems breathing and actually have a floating sensation as I cruise the course enjoying all that nature provides.
I can't eat too much nor drink too little, run too fast or too slow ....it's a great way to race other than the fact that there is no recognition or satisfaction invloved. I guess that is the big drawback to virtual racing.
I am looking forward to the 24th with great expectations. I absolutely plan on finishing, yet I am scared as hell, afraid to fail, to be humbled by my own inabilities. My brain is certain I will finish, I just hope my body ends up agreeing with it.