Monday, March 14th 2011: 5 miles @ 10:44 minutes per mile pace. I left for the run at about 9:30pm and had a bit of a hard time keeping down the Totinos pizza I ate an hour beforehand. Thankfully no pizza ended up on the sidewalk.
Tuesday, March 15th 2011: A positively life-changing moment: I changed from the 50 mile race next week to the 100 MILE RACE next week. I have had perma-butterflies-in-my-stomach ever since.
Wednesday, March 16th 2011: 10 miles @ 10:30 minutes per mile pace. My 10 milers on the Arizona Strip dirt road have become a steady routine over the last 4 months. I had half the run done before the sun came up and the temperature was great. Just barely cold enough to wear arm warmers. (Please - try not to become jealous of my insanely enormous biceps. If you lift weights exactly zero hours per week you can have big python arms like me too.)
Thursday, March 17th 2011: Rest.
Friday, March 18th 2011: Rest. I'm loving this taper week.
Saturday, March 19th 2011: 8 miles @ 10:00 minutes per mile pace. I bought a new hydration pack for the Buffalo Run and used it on this run. I ended up dumping out the water after 4 miles. (Well, the remainder of the water that hadn't already leaked all the way down my back.)
I ended up spending a few extra bucks to get a good pack that is much more comfortable and doesn't leak: a Camelbak Rogue:
I haven't been able to sleep very good since switching to the 100 miler. I feel so excited and nervous. The race starts in less than 5 (FIVE!!!!!!!) days. If you're a praying person, I'd appreciate a quick prayer that I don't die. BRING ON THE BUFFALO RUN!
"At the start of races 50 miles or longer, most people have the spirit of We’re about to embark on an adventure. At the finish, regardless of how we place, we’re all equals because we have finished a grand adventure." ~ Kami Semick