Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Public Poll

People of the interwebs, I need your help!  Here is my problem.  I am signed up for a wee little run at the end of the month.  A 50 miler.  I can't recall quite what I was thinking when I hit "submit", but it was likely that I had either just finished a good run and was feeling full of myself, or I had just polished off a strong mug of homebrew.  And it's also likely that my free time was a bit larger in volume than it has been these last couple of months.  Given my average running pace and minimal training this summer, I'm pretty sure that I can't run the entire 50 miles within the 11 hour cutoff (barely over 13 min miles). However, I just knocked out a marathon and half marathon on back-to-back weekends with no injuries, almost as fast as my PRs, and feeling pretty fresh a couple days later. So internet, what should I do?  Don't be shy...

1) Stay with the 50 miler and see what I can do in 11 hours. Stop if I feel an injury. If by some miracle I can finish, I get a really awesome belt buckle and big bragging rights.

2) Stay with the 50 miler, but drop at 50k if it truly truly sucks. I will get a DNF, but I would still know that I did 50k.

3) Switch to the 50k, assuming they let me. No belt buckle, but still an awesome accomplishment.

4) Switch to the 10k.

5) Go pumpkin hunting. Consider my season officially over as of Sunday and get rested up for Ironman training, which starts Nov 29.


Mike Russell said...

Sarah! You can do the 50 miler! Give it a good solid effort and even if you miss the cutoff, you will know what you need to do to make it through to the end in 2001.

Besides, you will be just finishing up with IMCdA and will be in great shape. The 50 miler will be a piece of cake at that point!

Tamar said...

You don't know me, I followed your link off of BT. (Although I'm pretty sure I've seen you at local races - I live in the same area as you and I volunteered at the girlfriends.) Anyway - I would vote for calling it a season and gearing up for next year and IM. Seems to me you've gotten lucky not getting injured doing all of these races unprepared and I wouldn't want to push my luck. Whatever you decide - best wishes to you! - Tamar