I'm getting that old familiar itch back. The itch to race. October 24th is my next race...that is so FAR away! Until then, my only brush with the ultra world will be at Wasatch next weekend, when Geof and I head out to Utah to pace our friend Gary through his first 100 mile race. Yesterday, I was on the phone with Gary going over some last minute things for the race, and I could feel myself switching into race mode. I think that if anyone was listening to my end of the conversation they would have a) been totally lost because ultra jargon is generally viewed as another language, or b) thought I was having a very serious conversation about something that sounded very life-changing and exciting but wouldn't be able to figure out what exactly I was talking about since it was all in ultra jargon :) I love talking about running.
We went over everything...what to bring, what to leave, what to where, when to do this and that, pace, driving, terrain, these shoes not those, etc. It was fun! When I got off the phone with Gary I decided it would be helpful to create a pace chart for the crew to have as a reference. I went onto the Wasatch 100 website and checked out the most recent (2006) split times and pulled various splits starting at a 27-hour finish through a 36-hour finish and put them into a spreadsheet. Gary said he was thinking a 32-hour finish, but really none of us have any clue what to expect since this is his first 100 and it's mountainous. So I gave us a buffer. Now we'll be able to predict his finish time based on when he enteres specific aid stations and have a very vague idea of when we need to be at each crew-accessible aid station. It was fun for me to put that together, and super easy.
So now Wasatch has me itching for a race; I just need to be patient until October :) Last nights CHUG social sure didn't help things at all. In a weird out-of-body moment, I told Brian that if he signed up for Leadville 2010 I would sign up. What?! Then Geof said, "I'm in!" Oh boy. Now that I think about it, I'm pretty darn sure I meant it :) Geof was smiling big, and Brian had that look in his eye like he wanted to hold me to my word. Like I said, oh boy.
In other news, I ran my first double this week! I can't believe that was the first time I've done that. It felt good and I really enjoyed it. Six miles in the early a.m. and then six miles after work. Not bad, starting out my week with a 12-mile day :) Geof and I also ran the evening six more than three minutes faster than the morning six. Can ya dig it? That put me up high enough in the week, early on, that I've had to reign in my running since so that I can still have a long-ish run this week without going over my planned mileage (gotta build a base, remember!).
Now I'm reallllly looking forward to the long weekend! Get some good solid running in (maybe on a trail?), submit four exams for a class (yikes! Does anyone want to do that for me?), read, relax, maybe look up some new races :)
Anyone got any fun races this weekend?