Well, time sure flies when you are excited and terrified. I signed up for the Bloop (Bayview Loop) Race back in February, and April 29th felt like it was a long ways off. After blinking and it already almost being May, means the Bloop is tomorrow.
For those that missed my original post on the subject; the Bloop is a 1 mile looped course. It features a half marathon, full marathon, and 6 hour ultra-marathon. In my clear affinity for self-inflicted pain, lol, I signed up for the 6 hour endurance ultra. No I’ve never ran a marathon before… not even a half. But here I sit, less than 18 hours from the start of the race.
In my training so far I have done a few 8 mile runs and one 10 miler. But in most cases I’m running about 5 miles. I’ve tried to up my miles this month in order to better prepare my body for the toll it will take this weekend. However, I really do feel that I’m not nearly as prepared as I’d like to be.
My goal for the race is really to pace myself, do the best I can, last the full 6 hours, and for my own expectations its to go 26.2 miles. The beauty of this race however, is that if I cannot run any more and have to walk, and if I don’t get to 26.2, that’s ok. It really takes some of the pressure off me, but especially my wife, Melissa. She is fairly worried that I may get injured or may not be able to go for the full 6 hours. I can’t blame her, because it is really not advised to push yourself 26+miles when you’ve never gone more than 10. But, I’m just going to listen to my body and do the best I can.
I’ve been checking the weather reports all week and it has been forecasting rain and 40 degrees (f). Not ideal conditions at all. But over the last 24 hours, it looks like the rain is going to hold off. Such a blessing! But I’ll be bringing a change of clothes, shoes, and socks, just incase I need to change mid-run.
The race provides water and Gatorade along the way, but I’ll also be bringing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and GU packets for some race fuel. I’ll also pack some electrolyte pills to keep my sodium levels up. It may be too much info, but with the potential for rain, I’m going to make sure I use blister pads on my heels, nipple-covers, and body-glide. The last thing I want is to be so miserable from one of these common ailments, that I can’t push myself as hard or as far as I know I can.
My race pace goal:
Hour 1: 12 min pace = 5 miles
Hour 2: 12 min pace = 5 miles
Hour 3: 13 min pace = 4.6 miles
Hour 4: 14 min pace = 4.2 miles
Hour 5: 15 min pace = 4 miles
Hour 6: 16 min pace = 3.75 miles
Total miles = 26.55 miles
I do have to give a shout out to my lovely wife before tomorrow though. She is such a camper. She is going to be out there the full 6 hours, rain or shine, and will be there ready and willing in case I need her to help out with anything. World’s prettiest pit-crew!
Anyhow, for the rest of today it’s all about hydration and nutrition.
I’ll post over the next few days with how the race went and my review of the event.
Stay safe out there, and whatever activity you are doing, stick with it and do your best!
~ Jay Cunningham