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Sunday, February 01, 2009

I AM IN!!!

I am psyched. I am sickening psyched. I got into Hardrock 100!!! No wait list, no surprises, I AM IN!!! Runners and hopefuls are HERE. I screamed, shaking. It was like some 5 years ago, when I saw my name on WS100 list, I, a total newbie with a few 50k under my belt and a road 50 miler...holly cow, what did I get myself into???

But I am in. It's time to step up and forward. Very timely. I finished my second week of 60 miles (and that despite being sick for 3 days), I ran a 20 miler in Forest Park and 11M loop on icy snowy blow-down covered Gorge trails. I felt great both days. It is coming back. Not speed, not spring in my step. Simply endurance - and joy.

I am coming back...and these will keep me honest.

20 comments:

  1. Wahoo Olga...Congrats. Yeah...time to step it up now. Let's go kick a$$.

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  2. Good for you! Now you have a goal. Back into the mountains you go!

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  3. Awesome...what a cool challenge!

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  4. I saw your name on the list. Congrats Olga! You are going to do awesome out there in the big mountains!

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  5. congrats olga!! that's awesome!!

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  6. Congratulations, Olga! How exciting.

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  7. I just got winded looking at the pictures again :-)

    Well YOU know what to do now, train YOUR RUSSIAN ASS OFFFFFFF -lol and get in to Silverton a few weeks early to acclimate...other then that no biggie--haha

    SO Excited for you Olga, I will call u this week.

    Time to Rock_"IT"_HARD!

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  8. I'm so so so so happy for you Olga!!! This will give you the inspiration and motivation to get back on your game!!! You are a kick-@$$-er.

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  9. Congratulations Olga, it will be an exciting journey for sure!

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  10. Yahoo! Now that's a great summer vacation....or should we say working vacation. Congrats!

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  11. In 2004, when my name showed up on the list, my wife screamed with excitement and inside, I was conflicted. I was glad to be in but scared out of my mind. But, after five very intense months of training, I kissed the rock. I'm sure you will too.

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  12. All I know is the harder the course, the more it feeds your soul. I think my sudden awakening at 2:30am last night was part terror and part excitement, and I'm not even running it. Regardless, I am very excited for you. Not very often (like never) I make several phone calls during a long run to tell you how psyched I am about you getting chosen to run in the San Juans in July. :)

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  13. Whoo-hoo Olga! This is gonna be fun...big congrats and lots of cheer for you!

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  14. Congrats!!! I think everything happens when it's supposed to. You were meant to run Hardrock this year! : )

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  15. Congratulations, Olga! I can't believe we both got in and not on the waiting list. I had a good feeling about it. I am so happy to know few familiar faces down there and know you will be there yelling at me to keep going. We better get working, July isn't that far away.

    xoxo

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  16. Congrats on getting in! I look forward to reading your posting on the training leading up to Hardrock and the post-race thoughts!

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  17. man, this is great! Congrats on getting in.

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