So... Here is a progress report on the GHM training; I have been training on the GHM course and, as I was warned (!), it is very hard!!... At first I did out and back of each section (based on the printed out sections, a few got combined because they were shorter) and then I started to stitch the sections together and do them one way (getting picked up and driven back to my car). Last Friday was 22.85 miles!! From Lone Oak in Tilden all the way to the Grass Valley Staging area! I won't pretend I run the whole thing, I hike most of the uphills, which is probably a good 50%... but I do move forward in whatever manner (run, job, hobble, crawl) I can... I fight with the mind demons that I am a hack and in way over my fitness level... and that I'll be dead last, etc, etc... but believe it or not there are at least 4 people predicted to be slower than me on the entrants list! So maybe I won't be dead last!... I anticipate, if all goes well, that it will take 7 1/2 hours. Next Friday I will add the last little bit to cover nearly the full distance and that will give me a better assessment of finish time. I'm sure on race day I will push in some areas that I take it 'easy' in training. But the plan... the main goal... is to FINISH.
Here's the craziest part; I wasn't sore the day after any of my long runs! I'm guessing it's because I am allowing myself to go so slow. But so what, I feel good!