Sunday, March 15, 2009

Home Sweet Home

In just a few hours I went from running along the sandy surf in shorts and a sports bra to running in snowshoes along the trail dressed in long pants, gloves and hat. Amazing!

Troy and I had a fabulous vacation in Texas. Lots of sun, swimming in the ocean, reading while lounging poolside, taking it easy. Wonderful.

Fortunately we had sunny weather in the high 80's to low 90's during our stay but when we flew out the high was only going to be 50F and it was raining. I felt bad for those who were just arriving TX. They are in for a week of cool drizzly weather.

Here in MN we are having a burst of spring. 50F yesterday and 60F tomorrow. Sweet.

Yesterday was a 15 mile snowshoe run along the trail that Topaz and I had missed for a week. Today, because of the melt yesterday and over night freeze, instead of snowshoes I screwed screws into my shoes and they worked just fine. 20 miles without too much slipping and sliding.

I didn't get very many weight workouts in while on vacation so I hit the gym yesterday and will be on my way today. I actually missed lifting. I had a 10 week streak going until I was hit with the flu, then was able to complete a few workouts before I left for TX. I'm anxious to get back into my regular schedule of training.

For the past few weeks I had been focused on my speaking engagement and my vacation. Now that both these events have passed I will begin to think about McNaughton 100 Mile Trail Run. It's only a few weeks out; thankfully I'm pretty much always trained for a 100 mile finish these days. I always wanted it to be this way and wasn't sure if it was possible for me. I don't mean to say that I'm always trained for a stellar PR performance; just a finish. I remember wondering if I could be marathon trained year long. I didn't know if that was possible. It is amazing that our bodies can adopt so well to the training we put them through.

I've decided to run Lean Horse 100 in August instead of Leadville 100. My friend, Alicia, is going to be running it and Tom and Nancy are going to pace/crew. We had such a great time at Vermont 100 I just couldn't pass it up! The four of us will road trip together. Good times!

I did not enter Badwater. I have always had a self-imposed rule that I would save $ for my races the year prior. I didn't even have Badwater on the 2009 radar until December and the entry of $800 was due in February. In addition I would have needed $4000 to fly/crew/van/hotel. I was just not ready for those expenses. It would have been the only race I could do this year. That isn't what I wanted. Ideally I'd like to crew or pace someone out there, then save for the following year. We'll see.

My racing calendar is begining to come together. Confirmed are McNaughton 100, FANS 24 Hour, Lean Horse 100. Depending on how I am feeling with the bodybuilding endeavor I'd also like to run Superior Sawtooth 100 and Javelina 100. I'm not sure what my body will feel like so those are still uncomfirmed but a probabaly. Of course I'll run Superior 50K, Afton 50K, Voyageur 50 Mile. The rest of the year is still coming together.

OK, off to the gym.


SteveQ said...

Somehow, I don't think doing the Sawtooth 100 three weeks after Lean Horse sounds as daunting to you as it does to me!

sr in tx said...

Where were you in TX?

Julie B said...

No, I guess that doesn't seem daunting.daunting didn't have a problem last year running 62 at Leadville 3 weeks prior. Of course that is not 100 but a more difficult course.

My parents winter in Weslaco Tx

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