Monday, March 28, 2011

MMT Out. Western States In.

I dropped from the Massanutten 100 entrants list this morning. I have waited nearly four months to drop, two years to attempt again, but I am doing so in good conscience. I am not injured, I still enjoy running, and I want to keep it that way. I very much would like to run MMT, but it will need to wait at least another year. My eyes can now be fully set on kicking some rear at Squaw Valley. While I longed to avenge my MMT DNF from '09, I'd rather not sacrifice a chance to show what I can do at the big dance. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I don't want to squander the chance at giving it my best. I've never run two 100's six weeks apart, and I figured this wasn't the time to test it out. I want that sub 24 hour cougar buckle! Best of luck to my VHTRC bud Doug Sullivan, who it seems, was happily able to claim my MMT slot.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Off the radar

Friends, it's been a while. Does anyone still read this blog? For the few that still do, let me update you. I unofficially "retired" from ultra marathons last November, 2010. Ironically, as fate would have it, I was selected in BOTH the Massanutten 100 and Western States 100 lotteries. The odds of getting into both in the same year is 1 in 40.

You would at least think running Western States would be enough for me to get my butt in gear and start training...but it hasn't. Any other year, and I would be drooling at the propect of spending a summer's day running from Squaw Valley to Auburn. Usually a month off from real running is all I need to re-energize, but things are very different right now, and I have no real desire to run ultras, or attempt to run them "fast". Don't get me wrong,I'm still running, but only 25-40 miles per week instead of the traditional 70-90.

I'm enjoying my time away from the "task" of running. I still love trails, mountain vistas, and running fellowship. But, more and more that is all I really want out of running, not medals, closets stuffed with race shirts, and buckles. The idea of starting lines, finish lines, and competetion have lost much of their former appeal. Can I still run two tough 100 mile races with my current mindset? I guess we'll find out.