I finally did it; I signed up for the Nanny Goat 100. The race is actually a timed event (12 hour and 24 hour options) but anyone who runs 86+ hours in 24 hours can continue on and attempt 100 miles before the 28 hour cutoff. It is a flat, mostly dirt, loop course inland (ie. HOT) and will be my second attempt at 100 miles. I was successful the first time (not sure how….) and hope that I have similar luck this time around.
I prefer hilly, more technical courses as it’s easier on my legs but I really, really want to earn another buckle. And I love the Nanny Goat buckle since it’s blue (close to my wedding color)! I’m hoping that my knee will cooperate and that I can run, jog, walk, and crawl the distance.
My fiance, who has never participated in a race longer than a half marathon, decided he wants to attempt the 100 miler also. So my training is shifting to running with him and trying to help him learn what his body needs to survive. Nutrition is something that I am bad about for myself but I’m working on teaching him what needs to be done. I admit that I am worried about his being able to go from a solid base of 25 mpw to 100 miles; he is pushing through training runs, which I doubt he considers fun, though they are necessary. However, we are having fun going shopping for gear that can help us (even if it’s just psychological).
We purchased several items this weekend, including a pair of Hokas for me. Now, I’m trying to find compression tights or something that will support my knee and hip flexors; CW-X tight appear to be my next purchase, though the price and thought of wearing them in 80+ degree temps have me still searching for other options. Preparing for a 100 is hard work and shopping for gear is no exception…back to reading product reviews I go.
Have a great week!