With only five more sleeps to go until the Routeburn Classic, I am super excited and also getting a bit nervous. For the last few weeks I have been focusing on longer training runs (averaging around 20km every couple of days). Apparently this is a lot, but for me that sort of distance feels good, and quite manageable. I have also been working on ensuring that my 12km uphill time is well under two and a half hours. I have been practicing my fueling and fluid intake. My confidence of my ability to run the distance and conquer the mountains has grown over the last few weeks, and I know that I have done about as much as I can in training and preparation.
When I look back over all the months of running, the races and the training, I can still remember the first run that I went for after I actually made the decision to run the Routeburn Classic. I remember wondering how I would look back on that moment. I don't think I imagined that I would be as fit as I am now, or that I would be able to cover as much distance as I can. I hadn't planned on becoming addicted to running, and I hadn't even thought that I would actually love running hills.
Since that day I have run just over 950km, can't go past a running store without checking out the shoes and gear, enter every race I can get to, and hate missing out on a chance to lace up and run up a mountain. My poor better half, Ben, has learned to listen patiently to long descriptions of trail runs, and endless snippets about running, racing and nutrition. He even buys me books about running, as well as trail gear, and always give heaps of support, including fantastic home cooked meals after races and running the bath.
And then there is my wonderful family who has supported my 100% as my dream of running the Routeburn Classic took shape. When I first decided to run, I was unsure if I would be able to do the distance or the challenge, but the sureness of my ability and the reassurance they have given me, has helped me get to where I am now. Thank you so much for believing in me, buying me amazing running shoes, and helping me get to the Routeburn. I am so glad you will be there with me at the finish line.
I am so looking forward to Saturday. I can't believe that the race has come around so fast. This is going to be amazing.