It has been a little while since I have written anything. I guess that is obvious. Our family made the move to the coastal area of South Texas. I love the weather here. It is a different culture in many ways. Our kids have made the transition nicely. I feel at home here.
The running in a subtropical climate is different! It is humid everyday even when it cools off in the winter time. I am making final preparations for the Rocky Raccoon 100 Endurance Run February 6th. It is about a month out, and I am making last touches to my training. There is not a lot of elevation change, but it is more difficult than the previous 100 mile race. It is in Huntsville, Texas which is north of Houston. I was able to go up and see the course and hiked a few miles on it to get a feel for it. I don’t enjoy running in the dark especially on trails. Because it is winter, naturally there will be a large portion of darkness. It is the one thing that unnerves me. I do not do well with headlamps because they cast a shadow that makes me dizzy. I hold a small flashlight or wrap my headlamp around my knuckles.
I am continuing to do well with the Tailwind nutrition and my zero drop shoes. I love the Altra, but I will have to use the 4 millimeter Saucony Peregrine for part of it. I use smartwool socks whether it is hot or cold because they wick away moisture. I like the Injinji toe socks, as well. It depends on the weather.
This particular course is a 20 mile loop located in the Sam Houston National Forest. It is a well known, high profile race for those who want a fast time. It is also the 100 Trail championships. I think the record for fastest male is 14 hours and change. It’s almost unbelievable. I will not be going for any such speed records! My A race would be to come in under 24 hours. My B race will be 26 hours and going out from there.
As a 40-something mother of three daughters, moving, and all the changes that go along with it, my training has taken a hit. I rearranged how I trained and how many miles I ran weekly. I do not need as many as I did training for my first 100. As you may know, endurance running, or any sport for that matter, the big thing is mental training. Your mind is a very powerful tool. You can tell it what to do. It will in turn tell your body what to do.
As I often say, endurance sports mirror life very closely. It is a long, sometimes difficult experience, with many unimaginable joys and painful lows. No one else can get you to the finish line but you. Quitting isn’t an option until death (or injury in the sports arena!).
I am a believer in God. It defines me totally as a person. It is how I view life and value others. When I run, I feel close to God, and I pray and enjoy His company. As the Olympic runner and fellow believer, Eric Liddell said , “God made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure!” Well, I edit that to say, “God made me to run long and gritty, and when I run, I feel His pleasure.”