Thursday, March 31, 2011

Carolina In My Mind

"In my mind I'm goin' to Carolina" - well, actually, assuming there are no weather issues with tomorrow's flight to Raleigh-Durham, I'm physically headed to Carolina for this weekend's Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run, my third consecutive go at this 100-miler.  

I'm headed to Carolina with mixed emotions and no clear goals.  My legs and body took a good beating from Running the Caminho Da Fé in January and are still not at 100 percent.  Yet, my mileage and general fitness has remained constant.  I have been relatively successful in the past at Umstead (21:39:37 in 2009, and 19:24:48 in 2010), and the course is so much like the trails I regularly train on at Rockefeller State Park Preserve.  Unfortunately, my pacer-by-default, Rick Gaston, will not be a part of this year's run (ironically, he was to take part in the Lake Sonoma 50 this weekend, an event with a highly talented field, but I learned today from Rick that the event was canceled due to heavy rains and flooding).  However, the silver lining is that my wife is making the trip to lend a hand, and Brenda Carawan (2nd place at both Rocky Raccoon 100 and Javelina Jundred in 2010, and an accepted entrant in the 2011 Badwater Ultramarathon) is coming with a friend to do some pacing.

My goal?  See where I stand at the 50-mile mark and figure out the rest from there.  Rick wrote a great "Crewing and Pacing at Umstead 100" report on our experience out there last year.  I often re-read it to remind myself of what I'm capable of, and although I may not be primed for a repeat of last year, I will certainly go in with one goal in mind - to go, live, suffer and grow.  The two videos below taken by Caren Zaroff last year always make me smile.  In the first, Rick gives me his "wasting time" scolding after the first loop.  In the second he makes an early statement on our hitting the sub-20 hour goal.

Another plus - There are tons of friends running at Umstead this weekend.  I can't wait to see them all, and wish everyone the very best of luck!

1 comment:

  1. Never set yourself for anything less than a success!