I was TAGGED by TRITEACHER, but first I wanted to tell you about my long weekend.
So what to do abut my D.N.S (Did not show) this weekend. I actually had a 50 mile UltraMarathon scheduled for Saturday in downstate Kentucky. I registered in the beginning of the year and was looking forward to a trail race in a new state.
It would have been a 6 hour drive each way. A long drive by myself, but manageable. Then the weather turns at the last minute, so I would have to drive through a winter storm to get there. Then had to work late, and extra things like "LIFE" made the trip a "NO GO" for the weekend. Boohoo..
So what to do, maybe I'll just try to run 50 miles over the weekend?
It was around 18 degrees when I started out Saturday morning. I hoped to get in some trail running so I headed out on the trail. But when I ran about 100 yards, sheets of ice were covered by a thin layer of snow on the trail. Hmm, let me go the other way.. Okay more ice, CRAP, BUBBA MAN DOWN, okay this will not be runnable.. So the roads had to do. So for 5 1/2 hours I ran around this 4 mile rolling hill loop. I think I saw the same man walking his dog about 5 times and dang it was cold, but I finished what I set out to do this day, 30 miles, now that was grueling on my feet.
Then on Sunday I met some of my running buds and cranked out another 20 miles, 3.5 hours of running.
Not alot of fast running during this 50 mile challenge, but a 50 mile weekend nonetheless, I guess this will do. I wish I could have done 50 miles of trail running, but old man winter is really overstaying its welcome right now.
So overall a descent week on running, my ankle held up but still not sure how it will stand up against a long technical single track trail run. But I will push hard in my training the next couple of weeks. Because the momentum right now is to give the 100 miler a shot in 5 weeks. I know I will not be ready the way I wanted to because of my chronic injuries.
But reading my current issue of UltraRunning magazine, I read this from Scott Jurek, "UltraRunning's 2007 Male Runner of the year". Now who could argue with him.
"We often take on new challenges in order to find this opportunity for growth. Many of us are looking at our upcoming 2008 running seasons, wondering which explorations to take on. I challenge you to take on something you haven't dared in past years. A longer run, a faster time, a new trail, a new culture, or even a lifestyle change. Get out there, take it on, persevere!" ~ Scott Jurek
So Scott Jurek, as long as I stay healthy until then, I take up your challenge and let the 100 mile race be what it is, a test of perseverance.