How long has it been now? Ummmmm, since late July?
What the what? July?! What a lazybones!
I do have a good excuse, though. School. It pretty much takes up all of my free time. But I love it. But I also love to run 100 milers, so we decided to just go for it and sign up for one before the year closed out on us. There is always time for the things you want to do. Throw it out there and things will just fall into place. Happens every time.
Yep, we are heading back to Rio Del Lago and the thriving suburbopolis of Granite Bay, CA. Remember when I ran this back in 2010? I plan to keep my toenails intact this time, and we (Geof and I will be running together!) are planning to run it a touch faster than what I did back in 2010. We were originally aiming for 22:30 (to earn us both a new 100 mile PR) but we have since scaled back our expectations a touch and are aiming for closer to sub-24/25, and a really fun time. Gotta be reasonable. And considering my running has been less than top form since school started in August, I think that is a very reasonable goal, aaaaand especially considering it's a whole new course this year and we don't fully know what to expect.
Training has gone pretty well. We got in a number of back-to-back long run weekends, lots of specificity of training, some speed work early on, two long runs spent running around a 1.4 mile park here in town (I'm pretty sure I won't be doing that again for some time…mind-numbing!), some really great runs, some character-building runs, SO MUCH GU, and lots of reciting origins and insertions of muscles whilst running. Hey, gotta study when I can!
Heading toward City Creek Canyon on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail early October, the Cottonwoods in the background. I love SLC :)
So it's weird and extremely exciting to be heading into our next long run adventure. I can't believe it's been well over a year (2012 Bear 100) since my last 100 mile race! This is going to be such a fun experience. We've even gotten the band back together for our crew: Uncle Steve and my favorite blogger Gretchen will be helping out again; me = pumped!
Okay, need to finalize the packing and then catch a plane. Enjoy the weekend!
Saw the weather was nice. Wish I could have made it out since it was in my backyard. A number of my friends were able to finish. Not sure I would have liked the coming into Beals at 78 miles and then going back out again; that might be tough to get through esp. since the trail would have gotten crowded at that time with folks coming in and you going back.
Tip of the hat to you and Geof on your finish. Bravo Zulu on a job well done.
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