Wednesday, April 29, 2009

It's Time

It's been one hell of a couple months since my last race. After running Woodside, I felt great and had a feeling that my running would be going to the next level this year. Unfortunately, I may have jumped back in too hard the next week and paid the price over the last 2 months. And hey, just like that, the Miwok 100k has arrived this Saturday.

What I originally thought was strictly a calf-related injury, turned out to be more of an achilles tendinitis issue. Over the last few weeks I've been strengthening my support muscles and have learned some new techniques for taping and wrapping my legs to provide comfort. Up until this week, I wasn't sure what would happen this weekend. Now, I'm feeling much more confident and excited to get out there and just be apart of a race environment.

Looking out towards the Marin Headlands from the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley. I'll see you on Saturday.

Normally, I'll set up some nice goals for my races ranging from super conservative to "wow that would be cool". This time, I'm not going to do that (at least not use the word goal). However, here is what I'm looking forward to on Saturday:

  • Enjoy the race environment. The course, runners, scenery, etc.
  • Seeing running friends that I haven't seen since at least February.
  • Running with my pacer, Victoria.
  • Watching some ridiculously fast runners out there.
  • Finishing the race!
  • Post race festivities - beer, food, hallucinating, leg replacement
I'll be staying in Sausalito this weekend with my better half on Friday and then my boys and parents will be coming in on Saturday. We decided to stay another night on Saturday so we wouldn't have to drive back to Stockton after the race.

Looking forward to the weekend!


Rick Gaston April 29, 2009 at 11:28 AM  

It's about that time! Smart move on staying the extra night, that way you don't have to exit too quickly after the finish. Should be cool temps which is nice. I hope it doesn't rain the night before though. I only like mud when it's actually raining, mud on a sunny day - not so much. See you and Victoria Saturday.

Jo Lynn April 29, 2009 at 3:01 PM  

I'm hoping I'm one of those running friends you're looking forward to seeing. ;)
Good luck Mike. Take it easy, enjoy yourself and those around you.

209Mike April 29, 2009 at 3:18 PM  

@JoJo - Of course you are!

Victoria April 29, 2009 at 10:30 PM  

And really, Marin mud is so much less annoying than East Bay mud. Less clay, I think.

I'm looking forward to the whole experience-- I think it should be a great day!

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