More than that, how is Black Friday only a week away? Haha…can you tell I’m back in retail? But seriously…where did the year go? Where did these past four months go? I started the new job in July…it’s now November…that’s only four months. But, it feels like much longer than that. In a good way. I’m still really liking it. I’m excited to be part of the holiday craziness once again. And, I’m not afraid that I’ll be awake for 29 hours straight over Black Friday, so there’s that. Also a good thing.
And as it suddenly became November, it suddenly became fall. I LOVE fall and all the holidays. Halloween and bad horror movies…and The Nightmare Before Christmas, our kick-off to the holiday season movie. Then Thanksgiving and Black Friday, and most likely some tree decorating, before it’s back to New York to spend Christmas with our families.
And holiday means December, and December means North Face. Oh North Face. Currently, I’m signed up for the 50 mile…I need to figure out how to officially change that. I’m nowhere near trained for 50 miles…and I really, really want to do Lake Sonoma again and with my track record, I’d never recover from a December 50 miler in time to run a spring one. So, I’m looking at the 50k. Hoping for the 50k. But we’ll see how this weekend’s training goes. As always, I’m behind and feeling under-trained. And my hamstring is sore and tight. Ugh. But I still have one week of heavy training left. That counts for something, right? I suppose there’s always the marathon if this weekend doesn’t pan out…since it’s supposed to pour both Saturday and Sunday. But, what’s a little rain and mud, right? It will give me a chance to make sure my warm running clothes are still warm since I haven’t worn them since Way 2 Cool….and I’ll most likely need them for North Face.
While my weekend runs have been lackluster due to sickness, the hole I seem to keep tearing in the back of my right heel, a busted up hip, and whatever else seems to come up, I have been steady at the gym. Hopefully four or five days each week at Orange Theory can help make up for the mileage gaps. Hopefully. I mean, those classes still kick my butt, especially as I’ve gotten back into running. But, I’ve gotten my push pace up to where it was before my hip injury. And my base is almost there…sometimes it is, depending on the length of the block. It takes me a little longer to warm up, so the endurance days work well for me.
Only time will tell, I suppose. The good news, these are my trails and my hills, and I’ve maintained some level of base fitness. The bad news, the mileage, that got me through Cool and Sonoma…just isn’t there. And this is North Face…which has tried to take me down on more than one occasion. Can I survive on Orange Theory alone? Only time will tell. Hopefully in two weeks I’ll be able to say – nemesis conquered. Or, bad things come in threes, and this race will finally take me down.
Until next time….
I believe in you, and I would like to just say to try your best. With these races, everything is unpredictable. I’ve been in contact with both Christine and Shannon from North Face hoping to get an aid station or be helping at the finish line to cheer you on. Brian told me about your third go running this race when him and I were both running the Bizz Johnson race.
Sure, the North Face Endurance Race is no joke, but neither are you. You have experience running both these distances with other 50k and 50 mile races.
I’m helping out that same day (December 3rd) for the CTR Salomon San Francisco race when TNFE race happens. I wasn’t aware at first that this is the same day for both races until I really looked at my calendar. You are a tough cookie. I think you could conquer either TNFE’s 50k or 50 mile distance. If I don’t see you at the CTR Turkey Trot race then I want to wish you and Brian a Happy Thanksgiving. 😍
All the Best,