This was a training run before the 50K. I can't say it was the best of times, as I really wanted to do the Bizz Johnson marathon the week before. However, due to lack of organisation, I couldn't find accommodation, and it was just all too rushed. So I ended up doing the Redwoods marathon up in Humboldt Park.
It was raining cats and dogs, driving up, and I was not looking forward to this. I had done two 20 milers, and several other longer runs, but I was feeling a bit anxious- even though it was a training run. I think it was the rain, and wind, and general cold! Yes, I was feeling wimpy. I hate being cold. It is the one thing I can't really deal with - though I might have to learn to deal with that if I want to run in Antarctica! Anyway, I was just not in the mood for this race.
The morning of the race was cold and rainy. And I kept wondering if I should change down to the half! Back and forth, back and forth. Anyway, I decided to suck it up, and go for what I had signed up for. Because of the bad weather, a lot of people had changed down to the half - which meant a very small field for the marathon. Which I don't normally mind, but the weather was relentless and also, I didn't really feel like it. But I also learned how to run and see something through when it's tough and I'm off my mental game.
So off we went. It was so beautiful out there, and I just ran. Well, it wasn't the best mental approach, but I kept my head screwed on, finished the race, and ticked off 26.2 miles.