|From the hill clinic I organized Sunday (today). From left: Margo, Liz, Kara, Me, Karen, and Lauri taking photo.|
So far, in the first six months of 2012: Six Half Marathons, four 50ks, one 100k. Those were all training prep; the rest of the season is all 100 miler focused.
Mentally and physically I'm ready to lay down a hard, fast race and plan on competing for top 5 in this sucker. Last year I ran a stupid first 40 miles and paid dearly for it. There's some stout competition, which I'll preview this week. But I'm a vastly different runner now and feel I can compete with all but maybe two of them. If I have a good day, though, who knows. I've come to the epiphany that I can run these longer events at a much faster pace than I used to believe. And, with my heavy work on climbing, I feel fairly confident to let it all hang out and see what happens.