It had been a while since Ash and I had a full weekend planned out for ourselves so I was excited when we planned a run/hike at Mt. Baldy on Saturday before heading to check out a portion of the Leona Divide 50 course on Sunday. Just late last year we were on the go and I kind of missed that. We started with Cuyamca 100k in San Diego at the beginning of October and finished that month with Javelina Jundred in Arizona. In November I crewed/paced for Ashley’s 100-mile Chimera race before we headed to Joshua Tree to to do some trail exploring and then to Utah to log in some miles on the Zion 100 course. Finally, we left Utah and then headed to Vegas for Christmas to log in some miles around the city and in the Lake Mead area. Phew…that was exhausting but SO much fun! You just can’t compare a girl’s only road trip to anything else — we hop in the rental, turn on Google Maps, get a little lost, eat to our heart’s content and log in as many miles as we can. Oh, and we takes lots of photos. 🙂
So far this year, we have both been a little bit busy with different race agendas but we were still able to travel to SF for NF50 and Catalina for our 50-miler race in January; this past month we headed out to Lake Elsinore for the San Juan 50k and Old Goat’s 50-miler. Beginning this month until the end of the year, we won’t be running any races together but we will be there to support eachother in any way that we can.
Leona will be the first race that Ashley will be crewing and supporting me so I was really excited that she was taking her duties seriously and wanted to get me out on the course so I’d know what to expect. We got out to to the course on Sunday morning, familiarized ourselves with the logistics (pretty simple) and of course crewing and aid station strategies. We left exhausted from our two days worth of excercising and still have plans on getting back out there at least once more before race day. This is what I call a true friend.
I am starting to get restless. My last race was Avalon and that was in January. I originally planned on running Ray Miller 50 three weeks after Avalon but I just didn’t feel like it was the right thing to do. My body felt pretty beat up and then my knee felt sore. Instead of forcing a race into my schedule, Andy Noise suggested that I plan on Leona Divide, a 50-miler at the end of April instead. This would give me ample time to train and get my head back in racing mode.
Since then, I have been following Andy’s weekly training schedule as much as I can, swapping my weekday runs mostly with elliptical hours and doing my best to get in my long runs on the weekend. This swap was mostly due to that knee thing I was referring to earlier. Luckily I am feeling much, much better. Thank God. Thank you Andy.
Although I am feeling better and have had some pretty decent weekend runs in lately, I feel like I need to run a race before Leona. I need that confidence booster to assure myself that I can do it. I mean, know that I can do it, but I want to go into the race confidently. I need that assurance that no one else can give me. I am going to run Baz’s San Juan 50k this coming weekend. Nothing crazy, just a 50k to get into that needed mindset. I am calling it a long training run. Just gonna listen to my body and run. I know everything will work out, it always does.