I feel I haven’t done any training over the last few weeks. Of course that was all by design, recovery from the 10in10 was the main purpose and the 10in10 was always meant to be a training effort for Connemara. Right now all I can do is trusty in my training and give my best on Saturday, though the heart doesn’t quite agree with what the head keeps saying.
This is my big A race of the year and there is nothing like it. I found it hard/impossible to concentrate at work (let’s hope the boss does not read this) and I am getting rather nervous every time I think of the race, which is basically all the time. Actually scratch that, make that scared rather than nervous. I found it hard to fall asleep last night, thoughts of the race kept going round and round in my head and the heart got pumping every time as if I were out there on the road already.
In short, I’m a quivering, useless wreck and a complete head case right now (yes, I know, it’s hard to tell the difference). I can’t quite remember if I was equally nervous last year before the 24hrs, or before my first marathon, or before my first ultra, but I do remember quite a few sleepless nights, so I guess I must have been.
Not knowing what the best taper is for such a race, I’m making it up as I go along (then again, I’ll be doing the same on Saturday on the road). I did not run yesterday and slowly shuffled my way through 4 miles this morning, just for the head, not for the legs. The next step I run will be the first in Connemara.
- 6 Aug
- 5 miles, 44:58, 9:00 pace, HR 126
- 7 Aug
- Zero. Zilch. Zip. Nothing. Nada. Nil. Nichts. Rien.
- 8 Aug
- 4 miles, 35:15, 8:38 pace, HR 135