Bummer. I wasn't selected for the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. There were 6 lucky Minnesotan's that were selected.
However, I am very pleased that I was selected to pace Bonnie during the race :) That is probably more fun than running the whole thing! I get to take a fun little jaunt out to sunny California without all of the pressure. I get to hang out with the runners, the crews, the pacers; meet all of the people I have read about and go for an awesome run during the night time hours. Pretty sweet, hu? This may be better than the real thing.
So now it is time to plan my '06 racing calendar.
I would like to do McNaughton 100 again, although it is during Easter weekend so that is the pits. But I'd still like to do it. Family discussion.
FANS 24 hour run. Sucks because it is hard, mentally. I tried to complete 100 miles three times. I've come close; 83 and 86 miles..then dropped last year at 12 hours. So it would really be awesome to actually do it. We'll see. It's in Minneapolis; no travel. Good option. Just do it already.
Leadville 100. Shit. Scary. Wow factor. Jeffrey is doing it and seems to think I could as well. Since I'm not doing Western I'm actually thinking, um, Yes.
Superior 100. Used to scare me too. Hell, the 50 mile scared me. Now I totally love Superior. It is only 3 weeks after Leadville. But hell, Wasatch is only three weeks after Leadville and I'll be doing that little scenario next year.
What if I don't get into Western next year? This whole Grand Slam plan would fizzle on out. Guess I won't think about that..head in the sand..now.
So those are the main races I'm thinking of for '06.
This morning I was getting ready to head out to the trail. It was cold. -5F. Crisp. Frosty. I was grumbling around the house about how cold it was, that I really sucked at snowshoeing yesterday, that the snowshoe marathon is a little over a month away, that I couldn't find my gaitors because I hadn't looked for them, etc. I looked at Steve and began to giggle as I felt so foolish! I checked the attitude right there and said "I'm grateful that I CAN go out for a 15 mile run at -5F, I'm grateful that I have a dog that will run alongside with me, I'm grateful I have a family that doesn't whine and complain about my running and I'm grateful that I'm healthy."
Guess what? I had an awesome time! I didn't get cold; I dressed appropriately and I found my gators..becauses I looked for them.
15 miles in 2:50. It'll do. My water bottles with Heed froze; I forgot to wear my pack inside of my jacket. Oh yeah, next time!
Have a great Sunday. Think about what you are grateful for!