Although the temperature has dropped, it is nothing compared to what we’ve endured this winter. And it’s effect on me is negligible. I know what today represents. Today is my final “serious” training run before the Around The Bay Road Race. Adopting the Hanson’s training method, I now enter my 10 day taper. Heading into this final stage of preparation, I have already run 1,262.16 kilometres (784.27 miles). All outdoors. Many of those kilometres in snow, ice, and temperatures well below -20C. That distance means that I have already completed the Around The Bay 30 km event over 40 times in the 11.5 weeks that mark 2015. In some of the harshest conditions imaginable.
I am more ready for a race than I have ever been.
The next 10 days will be all about staying fit, watching my diet, and sleeping well. Which could be a bit of a challenge. I’ve already been having some wickedly fitful dreams with the slight dip of weekly mileage last week.
According to D, I recently spent the bulk of one particular night’s sleep crying out “Thank you!” and “Okay!”. Why? I was dreaming that I was racing. The crowds were cheering. And the race marshalls were pointing me in the right direction. In that dream I was in a pack of 4 runners when I made a break with only a few hundred metres left. With my arms flailing & my legs kicking, in that dream I held off those other 3 runners.
In that dream I actually won the entire race.
My friend Dave googled my distance.
This is what came up.
I need to run in Europe!