“Spanish bombs, yo te quiero infinito
yo te acuerda oh mi corazón
Spanish bombs, yo te quiero infinito
yo te acuerda oh mi corazón.” The clash
It’s the last day of January and I am within a Kilogram of my race weight. I am posting run splits I have never seen before. I am months away from the races that matter most and fitter than I have ever been this time of year. amazing I did it without over training or struggling with motivation and weather.
I took my own advice ( which I give to a lot of athletes) and did a winter run focus. It was 10 weeks. Hardly enough to find my potential in the marathon but long enough to do some serious work. and work I did. 50,60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 103 miles week. And 90, 100, 103 had sick intensity too. Oh and I won a trail marathon in the middle. Yeah, that kind of work. I also used the “free time” to get rowdy with the weight pile and do some focused work with malice and ill intentions. My legs are thick and strong and ready to ride a bike after this weekend.
So this weekend is the party. I am gonna do the Rock n Roll Marathon. I am not gonna win. In fact with the new prize purse for Rock N Roll announced some fast marathoners are coming; real marathoners, with eyes on Olympic ring tattoos on themselves one day; not triathlete fakers like me who feel like it’s weird that we skipped the swim and run. But I still hope to throw down a time that reflects my fitness and reflects well on our tribe, the tribe of multisport athletes.
I am stoked for the work I put in. I am stoked for the training times I posted. Stoked for all I learned. I learned I can rock 100 miles weeks and honestly could have upped it from there. I am also stoked for to learn a ton by racing a marathon within an ultra and seeing that scene and all the lesson I got out of that in regards to pacing, fueling, tactics, frost bite prevention, training and tapering.
But regardless of how the race goes, regardless of if I go 2:45 or 3:45 I come into this week with all my early winter goals meet. I trained hard. This race is just the pay off for that work.
Huge thanks to Champion Systems for gear and extra help this weekend and also to Brooks for the sweet kicks, I love racing in the ST Racers and also to the Block Island Sport Shop which carries Brooks.