Thursday, April 23, 2009
The Lucky Thong
I am not a particularly superstitious person. Ok unless you include the lucky thong. Yes, I’ve debated on whether on not to let you all in on my little secret. But, what the hell. I’ve worn the same pair of underwear for every race since Sequoia (my first 50k) and yes, I do wash it (I am not that crazy). I find it funny that we often put more faith into something other than ourselves when our own hearts, minds, and bodies hold so much strength. I put a great deal of faith into one small piece of fabric. Come race morning, I know which pair of undies are to be worn. No debate.
Alright so now that I’ve broken the big secret and you all know about my lucky thong, hopefully I can keep your attention. At this moment, I have exactly a week until Miwok. Shit! I am getting the same stomach dropping from nerves and excitement that I got pre-Way too Cool. My question is when do you suddenly wake-up and go hey I want to run 62 miles? Hmmm…the first time I heard about the Miwok 100k was in Trail Runner magazine. As soon as I read about it, I wanted to do it. So last year, I put a star on my calendar for registration day. But being my typical self, I was out the door and running when I remembered it was the day to sign-up. Of course, it was full by the time I got back. Two weeks before the race, I got an email saying there was space. But there was no way I was prepared to run Miwok in 2008. I didn’t even have a lucky thong yet.
On a more serious note, I am really looking forward to this race and I’ve been really looking forward to it since 2008. Now that I have seen the whole course I am equally excited. On Saturday April 18th, I did a 40 mile section with Will. We started at Rodeo Beach and then went 3 miles past Pan Toll and then turned around. At mile 32, I ate a peanut butter and honey sandwich. For sure it made a difference in comparison to the pervious week’s 40 miler. No crying, no walking, and I was eager to run 28 miles the following Tuesday, which started at Randall Trail to Pan Toll and back.
More to come after to Skyline to Sea 50k this weekend…