I wrote a list.
I wanted to pack today but I just could not get off the couch. I don't want to say I am sick, because it would be the absolutely worst timing and therefore, absolutely impossible, however I do think I have a head cold, complete with coughing, cloudy head, and of course, lots of snot.
I am resting. I took some cold medicine. I am feeling optimistic.
This race has required relentless optimism. First, my burn out and back injury made me question if I would even want to go. Next, I hurt foot, which made me question if I even could go.
My foot started to feel better and I began to think about my three legs. I am the second runner, which means I my first run is at the bottom of Mount Hood and entirely downhill. I picked this specifically because I wanted the experience of running down Mount Hood. It is going to be breathtaking.
To prepare for the downhill, I did some repeats up A Mountain. This is not a random mountain, it is literally named "A Mountain" because it is adorned with an A:
Just like people warned me, the impact of the downhill left my quad muscles screaming. They were tender to the touch before the day was over! And, so was my downhill training, since it took days to recover.
Remaining optimistic, I bought a pair of Hokas. Supposedly, these are supposed to lesson the impact of running, which seemed ideal for my situation. In some ways, the Hokas live up to their promise - it is like placing your foot on a pillow with every step. But they are also big and clunky - a dangerous component for an uncoordinated runner on a mountain. Plus, when worn with other modern day running trends (i.e., compression socks and running skirt), it makes one look less like a runner and more like a go-go dancer.
To be clear, I have nothing against go-go dancers. I am just not sure that is the look I want to represent in Oregon.
I have been to Oregon multiple times to visit one of my best friends. I have ran up and down many mountains in Oregon. Those runs are some of my fondest memories.
So, while I am not in my best shape, I am very excited to return to the homeland of running and my favorite state! I am also very excited to take a lot pictures and write a race report. It has been awhile since I've written a race report. I am hoping to feel out of my slump soon.
"You'll come down from the Lurch, with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then, that you'll be in a Slump.
And when you're in a Slump, you're not in for much fun,
Un-slumping yourself is not easily done."