First of all, I would like to share that Ellie’s hair looks fantastic. I really haven’t cared for her attempts in the past to darken it, but this time it’s HOT. I would also like to share that I’m hoping she’ll write more in this
I’ve decided to ask her to become a guest columnist without consulting any of you, as I’m sure some of you would tell her to simply take over the site completely and rid yourself of my drivel all together. So take that--I'm doing what you actually want me to do, but not nearly to the extent you'd prefer.
My last long run before the Fall 50 was completed Thursday—a total of 17 miles. I did about 2.5 with Parsenn and then dropped him off and ran 14.5 miles in 1:52. After completing the mileage, I’m ready to rest and taper. It has been a crazy couple weeks in non-running life, and the mileage has added up (42 this week, 50+ the previous two weeks).
I’m especially feeling some stress in my right anterior ankle. It loosens up within a mile of starting running, but it’s sore during the day to walk on. My best guess is that it’s due to heavier mileage running on roads with a slight to moderate pitch, where my right foot is slightly higher than my left. Both marathons I ran in the last month were on roads and most of the roads used were open to traffic, resulting in the course being in the oncoming lane of traffic. So for the majority of my recent mileage I’ve been running on an angle. Unfortunately, the Fall 50 will have the same angle involved along the roads, so any mileage I’ll be doing in the next week will be on a soft surface (Grimey Runner is currently currently shaking his head and thinking to himself "What a shame...another road-induced injury. Someday he'll learn").
I’m absolutely chomping at the bit to get up to Door County and run this thing. I’ve visualized the course and thought about when I can push it and when I will walk, and I’ve thought about my nutrition and hydration plan, and I’ve wondered when I’ll hit the first “wall.”
During training I’ve run into walls like never before. In marathons I’ve hit them and gone through the low point, which seems to last a couple miles. While training on some longer runs this summer, what I’ve found different between marathon training and 50 miler training is that the wall lasts longer when on a 50 mile training run. On one of my runs, I literally sat down and waited. And waited. And swore at myself. And got depressed. Then, with a “F*@K IT!” I got up and started moving forward again. To my surprise, it wasn’t long and I was feeling as strong as I did at the beginning of the run. Lesson learned: Next Saturday there’s going to be low points. They’re going to last longer than Marathon low points. But they’re going to end. Keep moving forward. As always, if you’ve been through a 50 miler, let me know what you do to keep yourself going!
Another thought I’ve had is when to change shoes. I plan on having a couple pairs of shoes and socks along with me to change into at some point during the run, but I’m not sure when. Again, any tips or strategies, veterans?
Good luck to all the runners this weekend! Hopefully Nitmos doesn’t get mugged in Detroit, and Chia has a slightly better experience than she did in Portland.