Thursday, June 28, 2012

Three (plus one) Things Thursday (in order of excitement level)

1. Sorta Excited - I'm running the Leadville Marathon on Saturday. I'll use that term "running" loosely, because it is yet ANOTHER race at altitude and essentially up a damn mountain. For your viewing pleasure - the elevation profile:


Part two... I'm also running the Copper Mountain 1/2 on Sunday. Did you notice that the title ALSO has mountain in it? I'm likely going to die.


I swear, I must be a sadist. Anyway, so there's that.

2. PRETTY DANG EXCITED - I got a running coach!!! HURRAH! I keep thinking that if I just had someone to tell me what to do, how, and when, then maybe I would be a stronger runner. So I took the plunge and have recruited Duane to help me in training for my NEXT 100 MILE ATTEMPT. What better type of coach than one who has successfully completed a 100 mile race. I've just started receiving information, and I have good news and bad news...

  • Duane did NOT freak out about my race schedule. (Shock!!!)
  • Duane DID, however stress ONE race that I should eliminate from my schedule... Sorry Kim and Lisa, looks like Utah is going to be a no-go for me. (My major running problem is #runalltheraces - and if this one needs to go so I can bring my "A" game to my next 100, so be it *sniff sniff*)
  • I will have 2 cross training days and at least 1 rest day, depending on the week, I'll have 2. I think that sounds AWESOME.
3. MOFO EXCITED - I have selected my next 100 mile race. I have 10.5 months to get into TOP form and COMPLETE a 100 mile race. I am super duper excited that Duane was able to help me find the perfect race, the Born to Run 100 miler:
  • It falls ON my birthday. I am pretty sure that is a sign right there.
  • There are NO cutoffs on the course - I just have to finish in 30 hours.
  • The course is a loop course - 20 miles, with aid stations approx. every 3 miles. I LOVE THAT.
  • I may have recruited a couple pacers already. I will NOT make the same mistake I did at Moab, where I ran ALONE.
  • The course is tough... 2500' gain PER LOOP, but it is "runnable" and 100% trail. I like that better than slickrock and sand.
  • The finisher rate is higher than Moab. Two women finished last year (out of four) - I like those odds a bit better - especially if I am properly trained.
4. CANNOT CONTAIN MYSELF EXCITED!!!! - ARIEL WILL BE HOME IN TEN DAYS. TEN DAYS. TEN DAYS. I miss having her around, I sort of "forget" how much we do together until she isn't here. I hope I can squeeze in a weekend of camping when she gets back.

12 comments:

  1. Wow, wow and WOW! And wow! :) Good luck with Duane, coaching can really make a huge difference!

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  2. Wow to all! I didn't even know people existed who coached runners for 100-milers!!!

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  3. Yeah for a running coach, that is awesome!!

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  4. Wow that is a lot of fun stuff! I am excited for you! You are gonna kill that 100 miler.

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  5. Wow that is a lot of fun stuff! I am excited for you! You are gonna kill that 100 miler.

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  6. 2. I'm all for having a coach. A whole lot of the ultrarunners in my trailrunning group use them too. It makes training a more pleasant experience for me because every month's schedule feels like a surprise. It sounds like you learned a lot from Moab that will help make your next attempt easier. Good luck!

    3. Looks like a good race. Very small. They better give you a buckle for that one! ;)

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  7. i’m so excited for you!! i’ve been debating the coach thing for while and just need to bite the bullet. the problem for me is finding the “right” one….

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  8. cannot wait to see what your running coach has you do!
    As far as Utah- verdict is still out on if I can ever go- airfare is steep!

    Good luck on your mountain races this weekend :)

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  9. Ah, Ariel - I bet you do miss her. She's just the cutest little girl Ever!!

    You and your mountains. You take those, I'll stick to the sea level races instead!

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