50 mile nerves

Yesterday I was checking out the website for the 50 mile race I'm running in April. They have a link to the course and while I was looking at it the enormity of the situation started dawning on me.

I have to start at 6am which is fairly normal for a race but then I read you have to be done by 5pm. I had to look twice. Normally if I start a marathon at 6am I'm done by 10:30am, showered and eating lunch by noon with the rest of the day ahead of me. For this race I will be running from when its dark in the morning until its getting dark at night. I'd love to think I can average a 12 minute pace which would be 10 hours total and finish at 4pm but its probably more realistic to think of 11 hours and 13 minute miles. I honestly can't think of anything I've ever done for 11 hours straight - even slept.

The course has a 10 mile out and back so after 20 miles of running I will be almost right back where I started and I won't even be half way. 5 more miles of flat in the opposite direction and at roughly half way, and having almost done a marathon I start a slow 10 mile uphill. Half way there I will pass 31 miles and from there on its all new territory for my legs and there's still 19 miles to go.The turnaround point is at the bottom of a short but steep trail access which of course has to be descended and climbed and then there's just 15 miles to go. As I learned on the 50k I did here its downhill but your legs don't really appreciate it. Well until you get to the bottom and the last 5 miles of flat feels like the worst up hill ever.

Training is going very very well - no injuries, no missed runs and other than some tired legs its all going great. I've got my list of supplies I need ready and I'm breaking in 2 pairs of shoes so I have a spare pair. All systems are go.

Don't get me wrong I'm excited to do this but every time I look at that map I feel a little queasy.

Published 25 February 2010 01:43 PM by zman
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Comments

# Craig Andera said on 26 February, 2010 07:41 AM

How does it compare to the thought of 26.2 miles when you first started?

# zman said on 26 February, 2010 04:55 PM

More nervous... Marathons are on TV and you hear about people doing them all the time. For some reason that makes it seem more achievable. 26.2 seems runnable... 50 miles still seems like something you should be driving ;-)

# J said on 26 February, 2010 08:23 PM

You are gonna be great.... I'll be there at mile 40 for you and ready to head down that hill....maybe I will carry a zune and play chariots of fire... :)  I have no doubt you will finish and will have the glory of 50 miles conquered...I can't wait to witness it!  You GO!!!

# Craig Andera said on 28 February, 2010 08:19 AM

Ha! I would tend to agree. I'm more of a sprinter than a distance guy (certainly less of a marathoner than you are now), but 26.2 I can bang out without too much trouble. 50 I won't even try. :)

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