This will be my third marathon in 12 months! My first last November being this one that I am about to run again, the OBX marathon (3:49) and my second being the Shamrock in VA. Beach (3:43). I am hoping for one of two results at the crossing of the finish line on Sunday... An over all PR marathon time under 3:43 or.. And it's a big or, that I come in under last years OBX marathon time for a course PR. Looking back at my calendar, I was logging 30 to 40 miles a week leading up to this weekend. That has not been the case this year. While I have been active in many races (almost constantly) I have not been up to par with my training this year. Far too many long runs without the very important shorts runs in between. However, over all, I feel good about race day and my pace goals. Analysis of last years splits show a consistent pace in the 8 minute range up until mile 19, the dreaded wall we all know is waiting for us around that time frame! I did not hit the wall though last year. I did slow up into the 9's with the slowest pace of the race being a 9:50. Looking at these splits I know I will need to conserve some energy for those last 6 miles. Pay attention to my Garmin and stay under 9 at all costs!! I know.. I say that now but I very well could be singing a different tune on Sunday!
Let's hope not!
I'm not quite sure how The Yeti came to be the one we signed up for, maybe it was a strong recommendation from some friends that ran it the previous year or maybe we heard it was a good course for a first 100 mile attempt.
Whatever the reason, in hindsight I am so grateful that this was the one we chose.
The Yeti 100 is made up of the Yeti Trail Runners, a community of ultra runners that exemplify what the ultra community is all about. Laid back, friendly, conversational and always ready for the next challenge!
When a race sells out in like 6 hours.. you know it's got to be something special. And it is!
Training for the Yeti started in April, a 24 week, somewhat modified plan taken from the book "Relentless Forward Progress" by Bryon Powell. The plan would take us up to 70 mile weeks at least three or four times and we even would end up having one 80 mile week at peak.
Before all this started it was supposed to be four of us: Me, my running par…
MCM - The Prequel As I approached mile 23, I had already been struggling! It had already become clear that my first attempt at qualifying for Boston had failed. It was at that mile Heather passed me. She did an about face and was now running backwards, smiling and yelling to me.. “Fight for it, Shane!” This was in September of 2015 at the Erie Marathon in PA. At the time, I had no idea how significant these words were and what they would mean to me just a few short years later as I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. With Mets to my liver and lungs and other areas in my body.. “Fight for it, Shane” would become the life or death mantra I repeat to myself often. And I often see that moment in my mind of Heathers epic about face during that marathon! She was SO strong that year. In March of this year, 2019 Heather jumped on the rush registration of the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) And had texted me at work to remind me as well to register. By the time I got on, the limit of registr…
Laying on the bed, just having checked into an AirBnB in Pittsburgh, PA for the Thanksgiving holiday with Heather's family, a facebook post came across the newsfeed about the opening of the Dam Yeti 50 Miler! Heather and I just completed the Yeti 100, 2017 (23:01:56) at the end of September and it was still sweet on our tongues! We looked at each other, we needed not say a word about it... we were in!
We registered that night!
We started training for the Yeti 100, 2018 about 9 weeks ago and we new that throwing in a 50 miler this early was a bit risky! But risky is what we do! It's what all of us endurance ultra runners do, isn't it? We put it out there. And what will be, will be!
Ultra runners don't scare easily! We just relentlessly move forward!
The Road Trip
I awoke at 5 AM Friday morning and made my last preparations before scooping up Heather at 6:25 AM at her house! She was all ready to go and I helped her carry out her bags, complete with a recycla…