Yes, the Superior Trail 50 Mile Run has been on my mind a lot lately. I'm very anxious for Sept. 12 - in a good way. Right now, I just feel that my level of fitness is the best it has ever been....in my entire lifetime. My weight is up about 5 lbs. since Grandma's, but that's a good thing. I was in girl-weight territory then. I'll need a little bit of stored fat to keep moving on the trail.
But, this is going to be one TOUGH battle. I know well enough that no matter what level of fitness I bring to Finland, MN next Saturday morning - it will mean nothing at all several hours later.
I'm prepared to dig down deeper than I ever have before.
I hope to see a lot of the other MN runners on the trail, especially SteveQ who will be at Sawbill. I will probably order a whiskey-coke (hold the whiskey).
Matt Patten and Adam Harmer are running the 100. I hope they wait for me at the finish line.
I think Helen is pacing/crewing also.
I plan on forcing myself to take it very easy up to mile 35 (somewhere around Carlton Peak). After that - I won't be able to push myself hard enough. Man, I want to run this thing NOW!!
I'll be the first to admit that I haven't trained enough on hills. Especially the ones like I will be running walking next weekend. But I have run some nice trails and worked out on a little more than my usual prairie flatland routes.Here are a couple pictures I took while on my run tonight at Flandrau State Park:
This is a deer that wasn't very worried when I approached her.
This is an uphill section with stairs going up into the woods - lots of fun!
This is a part of the trail that follows up a ravine.