race week.

my second 50-miler is fast approaching and i can’t help but reflect on the past year:

a year ago today i was just over a month out from my actual race and i watched a few friends complete their first Ironman triathlon. i had met these two women a few months earlier when we ran a 100k relay race together and learned what kind of toughness it would take for me to complete my own upcoming endurance race from them. i saw them throughout the day and at the finish and i was truly inspired.

i also feel a lot more relaxed going into the whole thing. i’ve got a few more races under my belt than i had last year before my 50-miler and i think that helps. i’ve run on the trails and i got in a nearly 8-hour 50k a month ago and i think those experiences are invaluable.

i put in fewer miles this year, but i feel ready and prepared just because i kind of know what to expect. i feel like i know what it feels like to be out there for the entire day and i am way more prepared to do what it takes to make sure i stay on top of nutrition and hydration. i swear this is half the battle. the mental and the nutrition make an enormous impact.

it is race week and to kick it off by watching the Ironman Wisconsin finish to the very end (12:00a Monday) was an awesome way to get pumped up. now i just need to make sure i’ve got all of the little things – that i’ve got all of my ducks in a row come friday evening so that i can fall into bed that night and wake up in the wee hours and be off. the past few days have been pretty great and the next few are certain to be darn good too. ready or…ready…here we go!

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