I'm going to the Cateran. I don't know whether to be excited or terrified. I think I'm both. There's no question a better run up to the race would have made me feel more confident. Now, when I feel every twinge or stiff muscle I convince myself something is wrong which will threaten my entry.
After sports massage last week I did a very slow and steady 3 miles on Thursday with no calf pain, all was well. The weekend was make or break where I set out not knowing what distance to run. On Saturday I was paranoid as I ran past the five mile mark and hit the trails. If the calf misbehaved it was withdrawal time, simple as that. I ran up and down Brimmond hill with no problems and returned with 12 miles under my belt.
So far so good, I still had the back to back Sunday run to do, this time round the Deershire roads.
I loaded the iphone with two hours of music and set off, I needed the tunes to put a spring in my step and it worked. At one point I really felt I got my mojo back as the suns rays shone on the surrounding countryside.
After 13 miles it was job done with no adverse effects.
The right leg is a bit stiff and I do think I've lost a bit of fitness but I'll just have to give it my best shot.
I decided to take the race on for a couple of reasons. I need a break and can't think of a better place to be this weekend than the hills of Perthshire and I don't want to miss another race, especially as this is in my opinion the best ultra in Scotland.
I have a lot of organising to do, including information to my back up team but I'll start on that tomorrow.
Mon 3, Thurs 3, Sat 12, Sun 13. Weekly total 31 miles.