When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.
The heart of the difference is not ability or even talent, but desire
The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Ultrarunning magazine stirs up planning next year.
That’s how it happened to me anyway. A good feeling after a marathon, a small talk with a new friend, his “behind-the-back” present of a subscription under my name and his invitation to run a 50k as a training run for my next marathon (“It’s a loop course, you can drop anytime” – the time from that 50k still stands as my best, 16F, freezing water in cups from hands of a volunteer, 8 inner loops around Central Park and all) – that’s all it took.
Where was I? Yes, Ultrarunning. New issue just arrived, one of the favorite days of the month. I hopped on my new bike, plugged Alex’s crazy music CD and indulged…
An hour later (and half-way through) I needed to put a few thoughts on paper. Actually, for now one thought. I am a big proponent of high mileage. I know, you can finish just about anything on 30 miles a week, yes, lots of miles lead to overtraining and injuries, time is precious, and stuff…but finally, officially, there is not one, but two articles devoted to high miles in training. First is a nice step-by-step guide on how to safely ramp up the mileage and how to split it during a week (when you can’t afford personal coaching, although it would be very nice to always have one, get yourself a copy of this issue and post it on the fridge) – and ha! - exactly how I like it. Second is an interview with Tony Krupicka, this year’s winner at Leadville 100M, second fastest time in history of this race on his practically first ultra (!). Tony is a young stud, however, he takes training on top miles to extreme – he packs 180 miles a week year-round and edged 220 mpw this summer. His motto – to run competitively at the long stuff you have to run long stuff. Period. Nicely put, no sweetening.
That might be my no-running talking! My hamstring decided to get back to "week 3 after injury occured" state, and my shins are HURTING with compartment syndrome (and no, I am not going back to Rolfer - he did help perfectly, but he is friggin' nuts expensive!) Have no idea why, thank heaven I decided against JJ100 and din't send a check. Sometimes I manage to be smart. I don't have any blames to point to, but I am optimistic I'll come back to normal as soon as I need to.
OK, after some thinking I am coming up with a tentative plan of what I’d like to do next year. It has to be kept to a minimum and mostly local. There will be 3 outside races – due to 3 free airfare tickets I accumulated. Those most likely will go to Leona Divide 50M (April), Silver State 50M (May) and Bighorn 100M (June). Although I still have a full 4 weeks to make up my mind, I am leaning towards NOT submitting my application for WS100 lottery. It is a more expensive entry fee than most of them, it requires an extra night for an early showing up at the pre-race meeting (more time from work/family and extra room pay), it is a most hyper race I ever saw (I love it, love it…but may be I need a tiny break…and I know I’ll be biting my nails next year), and having run it for 3 years in a raw I want to be hungry for it again, so I can have an itch. I am thinking of Chuckanut 50k as a start of the year (unless something else close to home shows up in March), Peterson Ridge 60k in April, either PCT 50M or (finally) White River 50M in July, Waldo 100k (a long time on “have to do” list) or CCC100 in August (they can’t go together as they are 1 week apart…can it be 2 weeks?) and something else in September/October, not even sure what distance. How’s that? Can an injured runner dream a little?
Cooking time now, back to real world of dinners, homeworks, dishes and...you know, life:)