I actually got a brief respite at work due to some creative maneuvering of responsibilities...aka procrastination...and thought I'd check up on the ol' blog. A whole week since my last post! Now that just doesn't happen very often these days :) Some brief thoughts...
Basically, I've been running short the last couple of weeks, since my last Palos run with the CHUGs, and kind of de facto tapering without really thinking of it as that. Vermont 100 is knocking on my door and I'm ignoring it right now. Holy moly, I'm nervous! This is a lot like how I felt the day/night before my first 50-miler, at McNaughton Park, but it's coming on a full two weeks in advance. The list of things I need to do and organize and pack and reserve and clean and fix and...yea, it goes on and on and my head is about to start spinning a la Poltergeist! I feel like I'm not getting a ton of positive reinforcement now that it's upon me and that a lot of people are being kind of negative about the race...c'mon people, sugarcoat it for me will ya, and add some extra sugar while you're at it! Geof being the exception of course, he's my cheerleader :)
Yea, running a hundred miles is hard, it hurts, and I'll have more than my fair share of ups and downs (and not just on the hills!), but I'm really looking forward to it and I plan on having an amazing time, not to mention I plan on finishing before the clock reads 30 hours :-) So I'm taking all the positive vibes you want to send my way, I won't discriminate optimism!
I'm kind of liking my relaxed approach the last couple weeks, it's certainly lent itself to feeling a lot better. My legs and knees and all that fun stuff have been pretty happy. The deep tissue massage I got last week has made a world of difference as well. WOW! I'm scheduled for another one this coming Monday as a last bit of relaxation before chaos ensues. Also going for another ART treatment.
It's only July, but it's already been a BIG year for me...and I totally called it on New Years Eve. My best friend got married this past weekend and I can't help but feel like it's a sort of harbinger of further change, and in a really good way. It was like watching the last 14 years of my life, and our friendship, flash before me as she stood there and vowed to share the rest of her life with her new husband. It was really cool to see that and to actually appreciate it.
My goodness, am I...growing up?! Gotta love this life :)
You also gotta love cowboys, giddyup!