The race is almost here. I’ve been thinking about why I love this race so much.
I know it’s going to hurt, I know there will be times when I question the wisdom of pushing for a time. I know that I will be really sore for a few days afterwards. I know that this race takes up a lot of my time and affects those around me especially my family.
So why do I do it?
Well this morning I woke up with a keen sense of anticipation. I’ve been training hard for this race for the past 6months and now it is almost here. As I lay in bed I thought, ‘I’m 51 years old, have four grown up daughters but I’m lying here with the same excitement I had as a 12yr old waiting to be able to get up for Christmas knowing my new Scalextric set will be ready to play with’!
It would be so much easier not to run 50miles a week, not to spend days going out for long runs and certainly easier not to run 95miles starting at 1am but I also wouldn’t have that feeling of waking up knowing I’m ready for the biggest day of the year, of that anticipation and feeling that I’ll be joining lots of really good friends on another adventure to see whether we can achieve our own personal goals and challenges.
So that’s one of the reasons I’m doing it – that sense of being alive, challenging and testing myself, of having a goal to work towards.
Having said that I feel very calm this year. My taper has gone well as I really felt I needed it after The Cateran Race and a final 30miler with Marco at the end of May. I know what I want to do and I’m looking forward to seeing whether I can achieve it. I don’t feel nervous – just ready!
My ‘Guess My Time’ competition is now closed! I have 59 guesses. Here is the full list.
They break down as follows
sub 19hrs 30mins: 3 guesses
19hrs 30mins – 19hrs 45mins: 8 guesses
19hrs 45mins – 20hrs: 28 guesses
20hrs – 20hrs 30mins: 15 guesses
over 20hrs 30mins: 5 guesses
Thanks to everyone who has taken time to send in a guess. It’s a bit of fun but gives me an insight into how people see how my training has gone.
For example in the Fling folks were very positive I would do really well but the winning guess was one of the slowest. Then in the Cateran people were more conservative and the winning guess was from the quicker end. So we’ll see whether those who have been more cautious have got it right this time.
Obviously I’d prefer if the winning guess is nearer the top end rather than the bottom end.
After I finished work yesterday Katrina gave me my race haircut ….
I reckon that will be worth at least 5mins!!
This morning I have sorted out my gear into boxes so my support team can find all I need quickly.
I have packed into small bags what I plan to eat between checkpoints and made up my perpetuem drinks.
Stevie and David are calling in soon to have a final chat about support. I won’t see them until Beinglas Farm tomorrow morning so need to make sure we all know what we are doing.
This afternoon I will go back to bed for a few hours and see if I can sleep. At least I’ll be off my feet and resting.
Then after a pasta meal I’ll be watching the England vs Algeria game before heading off to Milngavie at 11am. I don’t like to arrive too early. 90mins before the start should be fine.
I’m hoping that my support team can update this blog throughout Saturday so if you want to follow my progress please visit when you can!!
Finally I’d like to wish everyone taking part in the 2010 race a great day and I hope you enjoy it as much I intent to.
Thanks to to all those who are giving up their weekend to marshal or support. We wouldn’t have a race without you.