Okay, so actually, I just looked back at a post from last weekend and saw that I was counting down then, too. But it is now 5 days until my first run of the Camp Pendleton Mud Run. It's so close, I can taste the mud.
You have to understand, I decided last summer I wanted to do this race. When I first heard about it from author Sue Ann Jaffarian, it sounded like fun. Then I read more about, including on LB's blog, and I sounded like even more fun. And I knew I could do it if I would just put my mind to it and keep working hard.
So this is a year's worth of work and dreaming coming down to the final week. It's a wonder I can concentrate on anything else.
Last Wednesday, I ran somewhere over six miles. I'm sure I ran at least 6.2, which is the length of the race on Saturday. (Yeah, I know I should probably figure out some way to measure my runs better, but I figure I am close enough for my purposes.) Running that distance gave me the confidence to know I can finish this thing. I won't be anywhere near the front of the pack. After all, running it with no obstacles takes me over an hour (yeah, I don't time myself that much either). But my only goal is to finish the race. And if I can do that this year, I will be very happy.
I was surprised at just how sore I was after that run Wednesday. Who would have thought that running a mile more than I ever had before would be that much harder. It certainly didn't feel harder.
My friend Josh, who I'm running the race with, called me up on Sunday afternoon, and we wound up going for a run in the 90+ degree heat. I took some water with me, something I never do. I rationed it out over the entire run, using it as motivation. "If you make it to that next stop light, you can stop and drink some." Yeah, the heat really got to both of us, but we did finish.
Meanwhile, I do need to concentrate on other things. For one thing, I've got work to do. We still need to close May, and with the software upgrade last week, it's taking some work to get things done correcting. It was a major upgrade, so things aren't like they've been for the last 5 or so years.
And tomorrow night is my first ultimate Frisbee game of Summer League. Yes, I am still nervous about playing in men's league. Everyone I've asked tells me I should be fine, but I am so insecure about my lack of speed. Yes, even with all this running I've been doing, I'm not very fast. But I know if we wind up having a game with no subs or I'm in for a long point, I should be able to keep running the entire time. I love the sport, but I am very insecure about whether or not I am helping my team when I am on the field. Until I meet my teammates tomorrow night, I won't have any clue how the season will go. If one of them is uptight, it won't be fun. But if everyone is out to have fun while trying hard to win, I should be okay.
I'm taking Friday off work. Originally it was because I wanted to try to get down to the mud run, but I wasn't thinking. Josh doesn't have the vacation time to spare. But it turned out well because I've got some friends moving this weekend, and I can help them Friday afternoon instead of Saturday.
So, yes, I have lots going on this week. But all my focus is on what is happening five days from now.