Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Checking in on our goals for 2016
Before I continue, this post is part of the Tuesday on the Run blog link up with My No-Guilt Life, MCM Mama Runs and Marcia's Healthy Slice. When you're done reading here, go check them out!
I never formally outlined my goals for 2016 here on the blog. I mentioned what I was going to do very nonchalantly in my look back on 2015 post. I said I would be doing a 50-miler in January, another in May and then most likely a 100K in the fall. And I did that 50-miler in January and I'm about to do another in less than a month. This will be my third 50-miler in a year. I'm nervous about it but I'm also not nervous about it. I feel stronger than I have for the other two races. I have experience on my side, which is always helpful. But I also don't feel 100% comfortable with the distance. I hit the wall big time in both races, right around the 40-mile mark. In the first race I thought it was nutrition-related so I made sure to adjust my nutrition throughout my training. That was a great adjustment. But during the second 50-miler, I am not really sure what happened. I just didn't feel great for much of the race. I was tired and just not feeling it. By the time mile 40 arrived, I was mad at the world. My stomach was bothering me, I was tired and just hating life. Granted, I made it through and finished the race but I wasn't happy about my performance. And now with how things have been going lately (tired, stressed), I'm afraid I'm going to be in the same place for the PCT 50 next month. But I have 4 weeks left until race day, so I hoping with the taper beginning and mileage decreasing, I'll be able to relax and feel strong before the race. That's the plan, anyway.
Cuyamaca 100K in October. Well, the first step in reaching that goal is registering and I can check that one off the list! Special registration for members of the San Diego Ultra Running Friends (the trail running group I belong to) opened April 1 and I secured my spot, bypassing the lottery for the remaining spots not filled. There are only 200 participants allowed, so I feel pretty special to be among the participants. I'll be running with Vanessa and Jenny, so I'm really looking forward to reaching this huge goal with them. I know there will be plenty of laughs along the way and definitely tears of joy as we finish.
And I'll be sure to share my training along the way!
How are your goals coming along so far in 2016?