It's been a busy week. I made the 700 mile drive last Monday to my new digs in the Bay Area and jumped into learning the new job. A snag with one of the park permits put a damper on what was supposed to be my first race at Stinson Beach, so we were forced to cancel and yet still showed up to offer up some food at the start, hand out the shirts, and ended up staying there for around eight hours while folks went out for runs varying from 12k-50k. I would guess that about 200 runners came out for the "fun run" cancelled event and they all seemed appreciative that PCTR was still there.
This coming weekend is my first true event as Race Director at the Santa Monica Mountains Trail Run in Malibu. I'm looking forward to getting down there to mark the course and put on an amazing event. I'm super excited to be working at PCTR; there's a fresh energy and focus.
Thankfully, this is my recovery month, so I only have to get out for short easy runs and not worry too much about scheduling. I'm registered for both Western States and Hardrock lotteries now and will build my season race schedule based on whether I get into either or both. I've also been thinking about running the Tahoe Rim Trail (165 miles). I'd like to do it unsupported and see how close I can get to the FKT, which is 63:54 set by Michael Popov just over a month ago (Killian's supported FKT is 38:32!).
I was getting a bit dull in my attitude towards racing but, with the time relaxing and the beautiful weather, I'm getting fired up to race and train again.
Congratulations to Liza Howard on her return to racing and her speedy course record of 15:47 at Javelina 100.