The injury hasn't majestically healed but I'm on the road to recovery and I know I'm going to be on that start line come the 25th June. That's all I could have asked for a couple of weeks ago. I've maintained a positive outlook throughout and I'm super excited to get out to America and take on what I know will be my biggest challenge to date.
I know I've done all I can with the limited tools I have up to this point and from here on out it's just a case of keeping my legs ticking over and mentally preparing as best I can.
I read a few blogs about the race this morning and if I'm 100% honest it has left me a little nervous. The climbs out of the canyons sound horrendous, the heat akin to hell on earth and the technical nature of the downhills a worry. I feel a little bit like Homer right now:
Yet still... still I look toward the 25th June with sheer joy in my heart.
I'm digging deep into my head here but it kind of feels like a 4 year journey from non-runner to ultra-marathoner is coming to an end. I've done hundred milers before, i've finished some, I've failed to finish some and some have been a catalyst to send me into such a headf*** that it's completely shifted my life's purpose.
Running is part of the reason I've dropped 5+ stone. It's part of the reason I'm healthy and happy. It's part of the reason I'm now a Personal Trainer. Above all, it's part of the reason that I've been able to create stronger relationships with my partner, with my friends and with my family.
I don't know if this is going to be my last hundred, 'never say never' and all that, but my attitude toward running is changing and I feel I'm at a crossroad between wanting to push further & harder and taking a big step back and going in a different direction completely. I have time to ponder.
I'm not sure if this is going to be my last blog prior to the race, but I wanted to get my thank you's in now in case I switch off completely next week.
First up, to all @ Clockhouse Podiatry (but particularly Kathryn who had to deal with my feet!!) - thank you for the support over the past few months. Both in terms of my running and One Mile In Fitness in general. You guys are fantastic.
To Jamie @ Clockhouse Physiotherapy - I don't think I'd be heading out to the event with as much confidence with my gammy hammy if it weren't for your efforts the past few weeks. I owe you a lot.
To my regular crew who won't physically be there but will be in my heart & head when I'm racing. It'll be weird not having you there so I'll get a slide show ready for when I'm home.... LOLZ. Much love guys.
To the crew I will have there. I'm looking forward to meeting you and sharing this experience with you. Thanks for agreeing to crewing & pacing!
And to my long-suffering wife, Louise, who is nothing but supportive - I honestly don't know how you do it. Thank you. You are my world and you motivate me more than I think you realise. Let's focus on the wine tours in Sacramento and 64oz frozen cocktails in Vegas - remind me of this when times are dark. We're going to make it. One foot in front of the other.
OK, just 11 or so PT Sessions to put my awesome clients through before I'm off. I love this part of my life!