The world lost an incredible mother, wife, daughter, friend, attorney, underprivileged advocate, and community member suddenly and unexpectedly on October 16, 2013. In honor of my late wife, Holli Wallace, I am training for the Hallucination 100 mile trail run and raising money for the Children's Grief Center of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

My training progress

Monday, August 11, 2008

What? Less than one month!?!?

Well, I go back and forth between feeling really prepared and feeling totally overwhelmed by the idea of running 100 miles. I was surfing Kevin Sayers' UltRunR Web Site and I think my long runs should have me more prepared than many people on their first 100 attempt (at least those hoping to finish). On the other hand, I noticed that the 2007 completion rate at Haliburton was only 51%. Ug. I dunno. Let's assume a worst case scenario. I run the first 50 miles in 10 hours (not unreasonable since that is a little slower than I ran the North Country Trail Run). If I completely fall apart, I'll really only need to crawl along at 24 minutes/mile for the remaining 50 miles to finish under the 30 hour cut off.

I think that running through the night causes me the greatest anxiety. I won't have time to check out the course before the race so I'll have to cover some unfamiliar territory in the dark. The race is two out-and-back 50 mile runs so I'll have gone through once during the day, but I still expect to slow down significantly at night. This week, I'm going to do a final 50 mile run--this time at night so that I can test my equipment and get a taste of what an all night run is like. We'll see how wasted I am at work the next morning--should be interesting.

Anyway, Holli and I are already starting to plan out the logistics (i.e. when will she see me on the course, when are we leaving for the race, when will we be ready to make the 8 hour drive back home, etc.) After my long run this week, I'll officially call it taper time.

Now we just need more donations! So if you haven't donated yet, get to it!

4 comments:

Tim Looney said...

Hey Brian - Do you know Stu? He ran the 100 miler last year. I am sure he would share any wisdom with you he gained from last years race.

dirtdawg50k said...

do you have a pacer yet?

dht said...

I was wondering the same thing as Mr. Dawg. How was the ten hour run?

Brian Thomas said...

Tim,I'm afraid I don't know Stu? Do you have a link or email? Any advice at this point is much appreciated!