It has been awhile since I blogged. Actually, it has been since July 2012, right about the time I completed my first ultra trail race, Leadville’s Silver Rush 50.
Running the Silver Rush 50
It was epic – a long, long time on the trail, at just about perfect temperatures, fabulous co-participants, an even more fabulous set of self-proclaimed athletic supporters, what seemed to be an unending supply of energy, if not speed, and no nasty thunderstorms until the very end (and at that point I didn’t really care about anything, except finishing – as long as I wasn’t struck by lightning, I was getting over that finish line, regardless of what the sky was throwing at me).
Well, now I’m in for an even more epic adventure, and this one is going to be twice as long – I registered for Leadville’s 100 mile trail race in August of this new 2013 year. Some say it’s easier (wider forest roads instead of steeper, more technical singletracks), some say harder (it is, after all, twice as long). I will be running and/or stumbling for more than 24 hours, running at night, running on full, running on empty, running with pacers, running with others, running by myself, running towards, running away, just plain running for a helluva long time.
Not quite sure just what I have gotten myself into. Certainly, a bit, or more, of some pain. Hopefully, a bit, or more, of some nirvana.
And recently, on my little yak trak snowy run at Brainard Lake,
Chilly post-run me!
attempting to pick up some speed in short dabs of intervals, in chilly, windy conditions, I realized (again) that I run because, well, as trite as it sounds, because I can. I am so incredibly blessed – to be able to run physically, to be able to run lifestyle-wise, to be able to run mentally, to be able to run, period.
What a journey this will be. I will post more when I can – stick with me, if you like – it might be interesting, and even, kind of fun!