Shaggy Mane

Shaggy Mane

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Less than two days from now....

is the Half Voyageur Trail Marathon.

My first marathon.

Ever.

I feel like I am pretty well trained for this. I am lucky in that I can run on the actual trails used in this race - demystifying things like the "powerlines". I am also fortunate in that the Superior Hiking Trail runs through town, feet behind my house, and if anything is tougher than the Voyageur course (at least some parts).

I am a bit nervous about the distance though. Similar to how I felt before my first 5k, 13 mile, or 25k race.

Now it is time to fine tune my plans for race day. How am I getting there? How am I getting home? What will I wear, how many Cliff Shot Blocks to carry, what about water vs other beverages? The weather forecast has been moving all over the place this week making it hard to decide what to plan for. I am putting it out to the universe/weather gods that cool weather with overcast skies would be appreciated - at least until after the race ;->

Typical pre-race jitters, right?

My goal for this race is to finish in 6 hours. A friend I saw yesterday predicted 5 - 5 1/2 hours. We shall see. Update sometime after Saturday July 12th.

See you out there?

2 comments:

Chris said...

Good luck! :)

SteveQ said...

I said I was volunteering up there, but I had a little accident. Good luck! Wish I could be there. Having run the trails there, you know what you're in for; if you don't go out too fast, 5 1/2 hours is reasonable.

Beware the heat! I learned that last year at the 50 Mile.