My, how time flies when you’re not training for a hundred-mile race.
I’d told Chad, the “well-padded guy” I met at my first triathlon — who turned out to be a running veteran and a race director, to boot — that I’d run a pacing lap with him during the inaugural running of the Indiana Trail 100. Suddenly that’s coming up this Saturday, and while he’s no doubt wondering if he can really finish a 100-mile race, I’m wondering if I’ll be able to manage a single 16-mile loop.
This could be ugly under ordinary circumstances, as I haven’t run more than 10 miles since Christmas. But these aren’t ordinary circumstances. Chad’s goal is to maintain a pace of under 18 minutes a mile (including breaks) to make the event cut-off time, so by the time I join him — somewhere around the 50-mile mark — he should be going slowly enough that I can be of some benefit. I hope.
“Training did not go quite as planned,” Chad told me in his most recent update. “Mileage did not make it to where I wanted. Fifty miles is definitely doable. The 100 will be a stretch.”
However this race works out for Chad, it’s awesome that he’s even attempting it. I can’t wait to cheer him on.