This week, I got in 62 miles, and about 17 total hours of workout. Saturday was my first 22 mile jog/walk in about 8 months. I was glad to get it done because I am concerned about the Calgary Marathon coming up June 1st. I think I'll be able to get that done.
But my mind is very endurance oriented. I still want to accomplish a multi-day event. I lay in bed and think about doing laps. I wish I could just go and go. Well, I still have some heel issues to work out. I know that any multi-day event I do will be slow. I'm fine with slow. I need to prevent toe nail losses and figure out how to stay in the game for more than 16 hours.
What is not for everybody? Virtual events. I signed up for a 7 day virtual race. It is linked to my fitbit, and I get a buckle if I do 100 miles. This would be my second virtual event. I find that I do hold myself to higher standard than I would otherwise when I am even slightly accountable. The virtual event does push me. In my case, it is a test to see how long it takes me to get to 100 miles. I'm hoping I can do it in 4 days.
This is leading up to a real race in December. It is also mind training. My mind needs as much work as my feet to accomplish a multi-day.
With the virtual event, I get to sleep in my own bed and eat my own food and save travel costs. I am racing less these days as races now cost over $100 and race directors try to pack more and more people in. I saw a race where the course was 100 miles, a t-shirt and belt buckle were offered and I suppose timing; but otherwise, completely self supported. Why is that so different than my virtual race?
Would I cheat? No. Cheating would bother my conscience. The accomplishment has to mean something to me. Since I don't talk to very many people, there is no point in having a belt buckle that I cheated to get. I need the 100 miles to be my truth, not anyone else's.
Endurance has been a part of my character my whole life, even when I was a teenager. Even when I was a kid on a swim team. My whole life I've wanted to do endless miles. I continue to figure out how to do that.