I have set my first "serious" goal for 2013! Look at me, planning ahead!! I am officially registered for the Ice Age Trail 50 miler. This is a 50 mile trail run in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine Forest, near La Grange, WI. I ran the 50K event last May, and apparently that wasn't enough torture. Actually, it wasn't! I need to see how far I can push myself and what I'm made of. Hopefully I won't find out what's inside me!
Looking back at my training from last year, I definitely need to take this more seriously. I had a good time at the 50K and if memory serves, I ran the majority of it. I finished, but not necessarily as strong as I would have liked. But, if nothing else, I learned a lot! And I'm carrying that knowledge, or lack thereof, forward this year to the 50 miler.
I certainly need to run more. Last year was just kind of a jumble of ideas, plans and guesses. Not bragging, but I really feel my overall general fitness got me to the finish. This year, I have a schedule, plan, whatever you want to call it. It's a plan from "Relentless Forward Progress" by Bryon Powell adjusted to fit my crazy shift work schedule. It's three weeks of progressively longer weeks and then a recovery/easy week. I've almost finished my third week and I feel pretty good. I got my 16 miler in yesterday (Friday, December 14) and felt good for the entire distance. Now, that might not seem like much, but add in running it on 11-7 shift, after only 4 hours sleep, a very small breakfast, and only one water bottle and a couple electrolyte tabs. Nothing fancy, nothing fast, but solid miles (in my opinion). I'm trying a new nutrition approach, but I'll save that for another post.
So, that's goal number one for 2013. I am going to put in some honest and dedicated training. My goal for the run is to run strong, enjoy myself and finish feeling like I could run at least a little farther. I'm not calling this a race, because I'm not racing, at least not in my strictest definition of the word. Follow along and see if I can squeeze all this in on my crazy work schedule, without driving friends and family crazy! Trust me, it'll be an interesting journey.
My feet after last year's Ice Age 50K. Hope they fair better in this year's 50 miler!