I continue to think about doing the Lean Horse 100 mile ultramarathon and so have been reading everything I can get my hands on including posts from an ultra running list serve that I joined. On that list serve a newbie posted a question about training for your first 100 mile race and said they had planned on doing a 50 mile race per month in the lead up. Several people responded saying that is about what they do so I guess that is what I need to work on doing if I am going to be in a position to register for the Lean Horse because I am not going to just sit on the fence and let inaction make the decision for me.
So, having decided to plunge ahead and see where this takes me I have registered for the Collegiate Peaks Trail Run, the 50 mile version. A few other Outlaws will be doing this race at the 25 mile distance so I will have some company for a while at least. The race takes place in Buena Vista Colorado, just a few miles south of Leadville so I will get to kind of scout out what it might be like to do the Leadville Silver Rush 50 mile race this July…well, with the exception that the Collegiate Peaks reaches its highest point at about 9,400 feet and the Silver Rush has its lowest point at 10,000 feet. Gotta love it!
I also wanted to post this pic of me immediately following my record breaking run at the Mississippi Blues Marathon. Thanks to Bill Anders I do have proof that I was there and did the run…note my salt encrusted face, the sweat still on the arms, the craggy pained look and the blues band in the background.