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…got your attention, didn’t I?
It’s true. Tomorrow is the Vermont 50 – that huge, scary race that has been sitting on my horizon for the last month or so. The race that I have done almost no training for save maybe 10 miles on a local trail here in town. It is finally here.
No, I will not be racing the Vermont 50 tomorrow.
Don’t panic Doug.
Just so I don’t give my buddy Doug (who will be my running partner) to much of a scare, I will be there tomorrow; I will run the Vermont 50 with him tomorrow.
For the first time ever, I plan on NOT racing a race. True, my last 6.2 miles of Boston this year was all about enjoying the crowd, but that was forced upon me by my powerbonk. The Vermont 50 will be different. My plan from the start will be different.
To me, there is a difference between running and racing a race. When you are racing, the needle is red-lined almost the entire way. The sole focus is the finish and getting to that finish in the quickest time you physically are able.
I don’t plan on doing that tomorrow.
Tomorrow I plan on enjoying the journey as much as possible – stopping to take pictures, pausing to tweet how we’re doing, taking a breather to rest weary legs and lungs, taking my time to ingest a sandwich or two at the aid stations.
If you are bored or just need a diversion tomorrow, check me out on twitter (@luau). I hear coverage is spotty up there, but when I do get a signal, I’ll be broadcasting the fun.
Have a great Sunday people. I know I will.