The Big Green Swamp Marathon has arrived!
Truthfully, when I signed up for this race, way back when in December when Georgia-D threw down this challenge at his new found Canadian running friend, I don't think I truly, truly thought about what I was getting myself into. A quick visual, for those of you that are silently snickering at the fact that a roadie like me is about to embark on a 26.2 on the trails in the Florida swamp:
|Note: the Gators! Eek! I'd better have my speed on!|
Where does all of this information leave me at this point, just 5 short sleeps out of the race?
Truthfully, I'm terrified and nervous...but I'm also really, really excited for a new adventure into the muddy and swampy unknown. I have to remind myself that I am NOT running this one against the clock and that my goal is to finish in the 4 hour range. I think this is fair given the fact that I have no idea what the course will look like until I get there on race day and the weather will likely be hot and humid which, truthfully, warms this Canadian runner's heart, fingers and toes! Also, I'm currently in the middle of some pretty intense training and mileage for my goal race in Ottawa at the end of May. Throw into the mix that I'm also recovering from "the cold" which I staved off for days and days and finally succumbed to last weekend so my health is not quite at 100%. However, I also must remember that an important part of this whole running adventure and this whole adventure that is life itself is about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and always looking for new experiences. You just never know where the magic in this world may be, and in this case, there may be magic just waiting for me in the swamp in Dade City, Florida. So my plan? Stay open...stay lose...avoid the gators and find the magic!
Keep your fingers and toes crossed that I make it across the line with all my fingers and toes intact!
Off to the swamp I go!