Well here we are just a week prior to the Umstead 100-Mile Endurance Run and I am anxious as usual. But this time I am feeling somewhat unprepared. As I wrote about in several posts, a nagging condition called hallux rigidus which was significantly aggravated during the Stone Cat Trail Marathon brought me to the decision to have surgery back in December. With no serious exercise or running until late January 2010 I have had the feeling there is no way I will be ready. Typically when I decide to run a race I plan all of my training for several months (16 weeks) leading up to the race. Not that I don't deviate from my plans on occasion as life may dictate, but this time, the time off put a serious dent in my conditioning and confidence.
Below is a comparison of my training for my 1st 50 miler and 100 miler. I tried to make it up in intensity without injuring myself but as you can see there is a difference in time and totals.
If it is not yet obvious I get a little wacky before a new intense experience. I can't wait to be in the middle of it:)