The first big mileage training weekend for WS is upon me. The last time I ran a double was when I was attempting a Quadzilla (four marathons in four days). My plan was to run the Tahoe Triple followed by the Biz Johnson Marathon. Unfortunately I blew out my left tibia which had all the trappings of a stress fracture but turned out to be a separation of tissue from the tibia. It was less serious than a stress fracture and healed with about 6 weeks of rest. I headed home having completed two marathons, no bling, and my first DNF . I tore my leg up by wearing the wrong shoes on a 1000 foot decent into North Lake Tahoe.
I've got a lot more training miles logged now and feel very confident that I will be able to complete the two runs this weekend. I have no idea how anyone stays injury free on the single track trails we run in the Mountains but the human body is incredibly resilient. I'm looking forward to my 5:00AM early start. About 5 of the 50milers are starting early. We will head up the mountain with our headlamps lighting the way. Five lights fading up the trail. We will probably stay together in a group of two to three until the sun rises enough to shed light on the trail. We may talk or we may just remain quite saving our energy for the final big climb and then the decent to the finish. I normally don't run with an ipod but I found the music extremely helpful in my last 50 miler and the Bend Trail Marathon.
Karen Wiggens mentioned that we will probably be running through a lot of wet muddy areas and is planning to have some new shoes and socks placed at mile 34. I'm going follow her lead but instead of changing shoes I'm just going to change my socks. My Brooks Cascadias drain really well and seem to dry out very quickly. I'll probably try some of the Hydropel that Michelle ordered on my feet as well.
The Capitol Peak 50 mile run is going to be difficult. I'm going to hike early and hike often to maintain energy for the final miles and Eugene. If I had to guess I'm thinking 11 to 11.5 hours for the 50 mile and 3:45 - 4+ for Eugene.
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I'm looking forward to seeing Darryl, and Sarah in Eugene as well as having fun with the 13 or so Y-Run Club runners that are also running the Marathon. I'll bring my camera on both runs.