16 miles

Scheduled run today: 20 miles

Actual run today: ~6 miles

Notes: i feel like CRAP, how on earth am i going to run 100 miles?!?!?!?! (let alone 30 next month!)

Weekly mileage: 16 miles… about half of my bare minimum miles.

I’m sick of being sick, and tired, and whining about it.  The upside of forgetting your watch and being on snowy trails when you’re sick is that you can sit down for 15 minutes and throw snowballs for the dog without feeling ridiculous.

On a mostly unrelated note, I need suggestions for good earbuds that I can run/bike/ski with.  I need something more rugged and tougher than Apple’s that seem to fall apart every 2 seconds, ideally with the play/pause/skip controls and a mic.

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Mental Training

I am sick.  Again.

While training has fallen a bit off schedule, I have kept myself plenty busy by scheduling out my year.  As fellow ultrarunning friend, also venturing into his first 100, recently told me:

“If it’s mostly mental like people say, then you only need a minute to train.”

I’m counting on this to be true, since my sinuses canceled any long running plans I had the past weekend, I got hard at work mentally training by putting things on the calendar.  First news – I’m in Wasatch! First time in the lottery and I’m in!  This makes life much easier, as I can train locally and get to know the course pretty well; also I have a date and can plan out my year accordingly.  With a variety of weddings thrown in the mix, I’m scattering it as such:

March 17 – Chuckanut 50k, Bellingham, WA

April 21-22 – Desert Rats Trail Running Festival 50 Mi, Fruita, CO (maybe 1/2 marathon on Sunday too)

May – unknown… anyone got a good race? maybe an epic Zion or White Rim training weekend

June 2 – Pocatello 50 Mi, Pocatello, ID or Golden Gate Dirty Thirty, Black Hawk, CO (because I think? Adele is doing this)

July 28- Speedgoat 50k, Snowbird, SLC, UT – The race I said I wouldn’t do again, you should join too!

August 11 – Bridger Ridge Run, Bozeman, MT – It’s a lottery, and I’m not in yet, but I want to give this one another go to see what it’s like when you’re not running on a busted ankle and minimal training.  It could turn into another epic training weekend, with back-to-back long runs.

September 7-8 – Wasatch 100, SLC, UT – The big one, it’s do or die and I’m in it to get a belt buckle!

October 13 – 6 Hours of Frog Hollow, Hurricane, UT – It’s not running, just planning ahead to some really awesome riding.

November 3-4 – 25 Hours of Frog Hollow, Hurricane, UT – More extended really awesome riding, the longest one day race! This one has been on the to-do list for 2 years, time to get it done!  We are recruiting for team(s), if you’re interested (and you should be!), let me know!

I’m exhausted thinking about all that now.  Maybe the mental training is good for me!  I’ll leave you with this parting shot… the skiing may not be all that is a typical Utah winter, but the snowshoeing and views of the Wasatch Crest are pretty damn beautiful right now.