The training is essentially done, and the countdown is on – less than two weeks until the Zumbro 100 Mile Endurance Run!
This will be another experiment race for me to see if less overall mileage supplement with quad-intenstive cross training can actually get me through a race like this. I was amazingly undertrained for the Superior 50 mile last year and had a great run and a great experience. My base goal is to finish Zumbro in whatever time it takes, and have a great experience again no matter what happens.
I have a great crew assembled, so that shouldn’t be too hard. They are solid runners in their own right, but also just up for a good time. Some don’t know each other, so here is how I introduced them to each other:
Brian – the fast one, can’t seem to do anything but obsess on a sub-3 hour marathon. He is getting wise and hitting the trails with us in Zumbro, maybe it will stick?
Tim – can’t decide if he’s fast or likes trails, but I need to be polite since he was my first committed pacer/crew and seems to be up for anythign I throw at him. Ran the Superior 50 mile last Fall.
Neil – dangerously close to a BQ marathon pace, arguably is the most potentially physically fit of this group, but chooses to slum it with us rather than getting serious. set our group’s 20-minute-pushup record of 304 (for now).
Diego – slow like me, one of the only ones here who gets that running is supposed to be fun. organizing an ultra team for the Ragnar Relay team this year (spots available). Disappointed that he didn’t get into an indoor track marathon – 400 times around a track, go figure.
Hugh – a complete nut job who signs up for races before he is ready for them (Lake Placid Ironman, Leadville 100 mountain bike) yet finishes. has a cabin that is peeing distance from Oberg Mountain on the SHT, signed up for the 50k this Spring. Trying to talk me into running the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc.
I’m running very minimal miles this week, probably more walking than running, and will run very little next week. I’m spending my “training” time on planning, and final gear purchases. Those two things help a lot with pre-race anxiety.
If nothing else, this will be a fun weekend in the woods and a good learning experience for the Superior 100. Good times!