This will be a fun week with only 3 work days. I will be heading up to superior very ealy Friday morning in time to do a a little voluntering at an early aid station then up to packet pick up and hopefully a good nights rest before the big race. This will be my 2nd Superior 50 miler, after doing the marathon twice, not to mention doing the spring 50K twice. This is by far my favorite of all places I have been to to run. Nothing beats the SHT.
I am more excited for my 100 mile friends who will be running the race then nervous or excited about my own race. They have made this year very interesting and I give all of them so much credit for doing it. I want to do the 100 but not yet... I am not an overly cautious person but I know my limits and I am not at the level it takes to do the 100 miler here yet. I shouldn't underestimate this 50 miler, as it sounds like it will be pretty tough with the new start. I will miss the out and back because the old way I was able to see everybody, all the marathoners and other 50 milers and most of the 100 milers. I still need to figure out if I need drop bags for anything, I really hate to bother with extra stuff.
My plan is to run how I feel. Sounds simple and it is, just run as fast as I can up to the point of feeling uncomforatable with the exception of letting myself feel uncomforatable on some uphills. If this year was the same as last I would say I would be about 1/2 hour faster, a bit under 13 hours, I think I was like 13:25 or so last year, with the harder course and the longer milage I have a goal of 13 hours.
I am so happy this is a holiday weekend and I get an extra day off.