Lately the thing that has gotten me out the door and onto the trail have been my entries into trail races. No matter how out of shape I am these days 20mi on Cougar Mountain ain't all that hard. I recently ran the last Cougar Mountain trail run of the year hosted by Seattle Running Club and before that thoroughly enjoyed Candice Burt's, Cle Elum 25k (aka 28k). Now that Candice has punched the sky with her audacious Tahoe 200 I find myself dreaming and pining for the open trail...and trying to will myself to do the training that will get me into some of the longer races. First stop will be a few more 25k and 50k races, then a 50mi, then a 100mi, then hell maybe that crap Candice teases my wildest fantasies with.
I think the current plan is to go with the momentum I do have. Rainshadow Running has just put up an excellent 2014 race schedule so I think I'll hit a few of them up first. At the outside of my ambition would be to throw in on one of four 100s in the next 2-3 years. 1. Pine to Palm 100 2. Born to Run 100 3. Bighorn 100 or 4. Cascade Crest 100.
It's quite possible I owe Luis Escobar the honor of running his 100 first. That is one of his pictures that highlight this post. I hear the Born to Run Ultra is a blast and here's to hoping Luna's own Bourbon swilling Patrick Sweeney will show up and do his level best to slack my parched gullet sometime before or after lap 2.
Just a short post and update. The Chi remains strong. Since it's been working so well for me I plan on continuing the techniques as I ramp up my miles toward my first 100 mile finish.