Training Update: 6 March 2011
Well, I bailed on the 50k and the marathon I was supposed to run last week. That week was supposed to be a recovery week for me so I decided not to push it. I keep telling myself that the goal is a sub one day finish at Leadville, not a long list of 50k finishes in mediocre times. Still, it feels weird not to race as much as possible.
The training has been going really well. I’ve dropped about 5 pounds since starting with my coach and am feeling really good on long runs. Last week I ran 17 miles in 2.5 hours and repeated today. Deciding to work with Paul Dewitt (winner of Leadville 2003 and 2004) was the best decision I’ve made in a long time. My foot was a bit chewed up after today’s run (I lost most of the skin on one toe) but otherwise I am injury free. And my coach just ran a trail 40 miler in North Carolina in a bit over 5 hours. I saw some film footage of the course conditions which makes that time even more impressive.
My next race is in a month. It is my first ultra of the year, the Lake McMurtry 50k. I am feeling a PR coming in this race so I’m stoked for it.
I also finally got my fundraising site up. As the 5 people who read this blog know, I try to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation every couple of years. I have two nieces that are fighting Neuro-Fibromatosis, a condition which causes tumors. One of may nieces is dealing with the possibility of having to start chemo again. I’m not a great writer so all I am going to say is that it is crazy that we haven’t found a way to solve this problem yet. We should have a cure by now. Since I’m not in a position to divert some money from the Air Force to fund more research (I spent 6 years as a Marine. Believe me, the Air Force could shut down some golf courses and do something better with the money) I am trying to raise some money for the cause by running the Leadville 100 mile race this year. If you can donate the equivalent of a cup of coffee I’d appreciate it. It makes a difference.
The link is here: The yetifunk fundraising site
Thank you for helping a good cause!