46 degrees and overcast here in (Soviet) Kiel today. I'm a bit worried we won't see 70 degrees until right about June 20, when I'm running Grandma's and it'll be 85 and suddenly I'll need to have some experience in the hot stuff. Oddly enough, in my previous "I'm not posting anymore for a while" post, I was contacted by a running company asking if I'd review some running tights of theirs. I told them I'd love to try out the winter tights, but that I likely wouldn't need them because even in Wisconsin it gets nice out by June. Maybe not :)
Today's the last big run for me before really buckling down into taper mode for what I hope is a great run in Duluth. I've even changed the picture above to a view from Highway 61 along the Grandma's course. I really can't wait for that event, and I'm hoping a change in mindset (i. e. Optimistic and Determined) from how I'd been feeling (i. e. Sluggish, Heavy, and Slow) will get me through the next couple weeks.
I haven't been nervous like this since the days before my first BQ in Madison last year. However, in Madison, I knew I had it in me. I knew I was fast enough to run 3:10. I knew it would be hard, but I was pretty sure I'd get it done. And, despite some puking at Mile 25.5, I got it.
This time around, I only think I can run sub-3. And each run lately has been chipping away at that confidence, as even BQ pace (7:10/mile) has my breathing off. Oh yeah, I forgot: Optimistic and Determined.
Side note: Mega Congrats to Matt for an AMAZING run at the Kettle 100 this weekend, finishing in LESS than 20 hours. It seems his training and preparation were spot-on, and by the splits posted, he just kept getting stronger. I'm looking forward to reading about it, so stop sleeping and get writing, Matt!
Mega Congrats also to SteveQ for completing the Kettle also, in what I believe was his 17th ultra in 15 weeks. Okay, maybe not quite, but close!
Now, it's time to get out there and put some miles in...hopefully 12 at goal marathon pace (6:52). BRB with an update...
UPDATE: Well, I started off with a warmup 3 miles, then picked it up from there. I ended up running 12 at 6:51 pace, but it was hard (AvgHR 167), I was sweating (didn't I just comment on how cold it was here?) like crazy, and immediately upon hitting "stop" at Mile 12, I started dry heaving. Seriously, WTF is going on?! That run sucked! Oh, wait, stay Positive...that run Positively Sucked!
(Thanks to Chuck Barkley, via Teh Marcy for that :)