Thursday, January 10, 2008

One Step At A Time

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.


  1. Thanks for your comments about gels and powerbars. Interesting reading. i think i might have to adopt a similar regime and use bars on the bike and gels on the run. Thanks again.

  2. You are awesome! As "ultra" as you are becoming, ironman distance is just going to be a sprint 5k.

  3. I read somewhere that the difference from 50 to 100 isn't much physically. It's all mental.

    They say to get used to running at night and running alone. That's were the demons really come out.

    Of course, I've only read this, so take it with a grain of salt.

  4. As you say, aim for the moon and you'll at least hit the stars :)
    Nice photo (dunno about your new profile photo though...:P

  5. Hi B. T and I catching up after being o.o. town for a couple of weeks.
    Very impressive marathon numbers--Congrats on your PR.
    Sounds like your ultra schedule is making you happy--which is nice to read about.
    T and I read Deep Survival in '06 during our trip to the Mooseman half IM--and to this day find ourselves saying "oh yeah", when we recognize a behavior that was highlighted/analyzed in the book. I definitely would like to make time to read it again.
    Since we missed it, a happy New Year to you and GG :)

  6. I think you got the ULTRA fever..

    Hard to shake once you get it.. I have not found a cure yet myself..

    Sound like a epic schedule. But I think doing some 50's is a a good plan to lead up to a 100..

    If you have anymore tips for a 100 miler, shoot them my way..

  7. wOW, The races leading up to the 100 miler will be one heck of an acomplishment. The 100 miler is a litte mind boggling.

  8. i give you credit.. I can't wrap my mind around a 100. but you are attacking it , it seems the best way... handle those 50's and see how you can graduate...
    good luck