If there is one thing I’ve learned from running failures is that it is unwise to not plan. If there is another one thing I have learned it’s that things will never go as planned. The trick seems to be knowing when to abandon “the plan” and when to stick with it. This is where having a crew that really understands you is invaluable. I can be really stubborn, well all of the time, but really when I’m running. Especially if the task in front of me is intimidating. This manifest itself in really stupid ways sometimes like thinking I don’t need to eat or drink. In the early days of Jeanne crewing for me, she just trusted my judgement (after some debate of course). As we have gotten better at this we are learning to blend my “how I feel” with her pragmatic observation of “how I look”. I am completely in awe of people that do long multi day runs with no crew. I would really like to try it someday, to experience how it changes decision making.
So, we have a plan, a notebook, the Run Across Oregon Notebook. A black, three ring binder with maps in it so far. Before we leave, it will have hotel addresses and phone numbers and a food and drink log. Despite how enamored both of us are with electronic gadgets, this is something that a notebook just feels really comforting.
A 32 mile run with temps in the 80’s on Saturday was a nice mental warm up (some pun intended) for what I can expect in just 32 more days!