What if, in the seven weeks leading up to a 24 hour running race you could only run one workout, what would it be? It's an interesting question, because it's kind of the ultimate in short term thinking, you've got one semi-significant practice session, what are you going to do? So often runners focus on the whole season, and getting in a variety of workouts, that sometimes the one thing needed to feel ready to go is broken down into three different workouts. That's not wrong, but it's worth asking the question, if you could only do one workout, what would it be?
There is a mental side to it as well, if you feel you did the one workout you needed, you're going to run a little better. For me that was 14.1 miles in 1:36 flat yesterday, which equates to 6:49 pace, and yes, my left fibula hurts this morning my quads were very sore last night. However, during the run, I didn't feel too bad, and it's well over a minute per mile faster than I expect to run for 24 hours.
So... I am as ready as I will be. These last 11 days are now about totally topping off the recovery and bone building. I don't know what will happen in Italy, but I do know it will be a learning experience, and a blessing, both a blessing for the opportunity, and a blessing for my performance.
In the words of the man I was named after, "...but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." - Isaiah 40:31