Sunday, February 7, 2010
Ready for the hunnie?
the hunnie--the hundred, that is. the Wasatch 100. never thought i'd say it, but i'm signed up to run it (again). after two unsuccessful attempts, i'm hoping the third time will be the charm. my attitude has changed a lot since the last attempt in 2003--i'd like to think for the better.
i met a lot of great people running last year and my energy for the sport of ultrarunning was renewed. ultrarunning has changed a lot over the past 12 years. i started running with karl meltzer in 1998, pacing him at wasatch to a 20:08 victory, and a course record at the time. now karl is too fast for me to keep up with, and after several years of feeling like running was a part-time job, i lost my passion for it.
then came 2009. passion renewed. great friends and new events, volunteering for races and just being a part of the smiling ultra crowd. two great dogs who love to hit the trails at a moment's notice. i could travel all across this wide world of ours, and still come home to where i feel the most at home--the Wasatch. i paced a friend for the last 25 miles of Wasatch last year, and swore to myself and aloud that the next time i saw that last 25 miles of the course, i would be finishing the race--for me.
i don't have a lot of plans for this summer so far. my only solid plans are to run at Pocatello in May and the Wasatch in September. in between, i want to log a lot of miles, eat well, drink good beer, and just keep smiling.