The 50k is being run on Bear Mountain and from what I have heard it is one of the toughest 50k courses in the country. I know three people that have run the course and all three have said that it is difficult but can be done. I have also been warned that it is more of a mental race than a physical race and this scares the crap out of me!!
To be honest I'm happy that I will not be running all 31 miles, with the terrain being so rocky and steep I will need to walk and or climb during the race. I believe that helps me because I can regain my composure rather than trying to run and meet a certain time at each mile. I have decided that I will not have a watch with me for the race, I want to enjoy the run, I want to enjoy the scenery while running. I don't want to be looking at my watch every five minutes and doing math in my head to know when I should finish. For me this race is about being alive and proving to myself that I can do it, it is not about time.
With that said training is going to be interesting, I will be logging tons of miles but I need to do more mental training than anything because this race is going to hurt a lot!!! As I said I know three people that have run the race and have a number of ultra running books, I will be ready for the race it will just be a matter of not giving in to the pain.
The interesting part will be caring for myself when it comes to my diabetes. I'm lucky to have access to a diabetic that has run the race, that will be a huge help moving forward. Right now my plan is to purchase this book bag and have all of my supplies in the bag. That includes everything from, Gatorade, food, insulin, pump sites, insulin pens, glucose tabs, baby food, and anything else that I may need. As I train I will have the bag with me so I know how it will work while running.
I have over 200 days until race day, I will learn a lot and be ready for race day. I must say thank you to my wife for allowing me to run this race. All I know is the running side, I don't know what it is like to be on the other side of the fence. I'm happy that this race will be a family trip, it is no secret that I'm not running for myself. To have the person who saved my life at the finish will be one of the greatest things ever and to see "Sharky" and "Minnie" will make all of the pain go away as we all hug. Those thoughts need to get buried away though because I have a lot of work to do before I even think about how great the finish will be!!