Thursday, December 2, 2010

Bartram 100 Preview

With just 1 week to go this is usually the time I like to compare how I trained for my last race to the upcoming. Not sure there is much point here. This will be my 3rd 100 miler this year and 2nd in 7 weeks. Just 6 weeks removed from a tough but unforgettable experience at the Javelina Jundred and I have run about 100 miles. I was able to get in two 17 mile and two 22+ milers back to back this past weekend but that's it. The majority of the past few weeks has been about recovery. Just as I was feeling strong enough to ramp up again it is time to taper (if you can actually taper without building up). I don't really know how to feel about this one. I guess I will just run on fumes and the knowledge of all the great friends and family I have behind me.

The Bartram is a short 5.25 mile loop which must be completed 19 times with a .25 mile of something else at the start. My current plan is to run the first loop just to see the lay of the land. If there are any hills that I would normally walk, great, and if not I intend on being disciplined and run 10 minutes and walk 2 starting lap 2. My goal as always, to finish (although a sub 24 would be nice:).

I will be heading down to Atlanta, GA next Friday with Tony Portera and several other running friends. Noticeably missing from my crew will be Tani. This is the toughest part for me as she has been at every race I have run. We thought this quick trip with the baby would be too much and although I know she will be with me in spirit, this, hopefully is the first and last race she will miss, right Babe?

I look forward to sharing the experience of another new adventure with you all when I am done.

Peace

7 comments:

  1. RIGHT!! Sounds like you have a good plan. You're going to do great! xoxo

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  2. Break a leg Eric, and have fun!
    As Robert told our friend right before he ran Hartford this year: "Have a good long run!"

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  3. Just found your blog looking for info on Bartram...I will be pacing a friend throug hthe night at Bartram. Good Luck!

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  4. GS, So awesome of you to be out there helping your friend. Please say hello if you see me. I will be wearing my orange MMRF shirt and white hat as always. Look forward to meeting you. Peace

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  5. My brother, my brother. Had I known the length of these loops, I would have volunteered for the last lap of this one instead of Umstead...LOL

    I'm still amazed you're running "back to back" hundreds...rest up after, we've got Umstead in April.

    I know you'll have Tony and the gang, and you're right, the rest of us are with you in spirit and always sending you good vibes and energy.

    Now quit making excuses and kill that century!

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  6. Thanks Iman All doubts are now gone. I am in it to finish:)

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