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Monday, November 28, 2016
the how and the why
"They say that to train for and run 100 miles, you always need to know your "why." Without a "why," a reason, you won't finish. What they don't tell you is that some days the "why" doesn't matter. Some days, after you've worked a 50-hour week, after you've already gotten up every single day to run and to train—exhausted, tired, depleted, sore, and discouraged—all that matters is your "how."
~desiree marek *********** like a poorly marked trail, my 2017 racing schedule could go a lot of different ways. case in point: i'm signed up for the gorge waterfalls 100k, and in the dec. 3 lottery for the western states 100-mile run. variables: 1. i got through the gorge 100k lottery, so i'm in! except it turns out permits for the event aren't approved for the date it's supposed to happen. so i may be out. 2. getting into western states on the first try, with one lottery ticket, is like, uh, hitting the lottery. i mean, some people wait years, with multiple tickets, and still don't get in. scenarios: best case: gorge 100k happens on a convenient date, i get into western states, and running gorge springboards me on to an amazing WS100 finish! worst case:*i don't get into western states, and i have to bow out of gorge because the eventual date conflicts with our long-booked family vacation. leaving my 2017 running calendar pretty much...empty.† *********** options: assuming the worst-case scenario, i have a post-it full of events that would make 2017 a fantastic year, running-wise (if not otherwise) ...‡ chuckanut 50k — 3/18 miwok 100k — 5/6 orcas island marathon — 5/13 sun mountain 50k — 5/20 western states training camp — 5/27-29 mccall trailrunning classic 40mile — 7/15 white river 50m— 8/5 squamish 50m — 8/19 (update: in.) *********** why 100:
"Why are you doing this? Seems a bit extreme." ~ a well-intentioned friend
i got into the western states lottery because it's western states—and who knows if i'll get another chance at it. and because it is western states, if i were to beat the odds and get in, i would be all-in. i would find a way to get to the starting line with a fighting chance to finish. the question is, can i say the same about any other 100? i. don't. know. standing here right this second, i'm not sure i can identify my "why," let alone a "how." what i do know, though, is that the idea is intriguing enough to make me go, "what if?" and "why not?"
next step: let's go. pine to palm — 9/9 mountain lakes — 9/23 javelina 100— 10/28 *********** exegesis:
* in the big scheme of things, not really the "worst case" †almost — i'm definitely signed up for the orcas island 25k on january 28 ‡ obviously some of these are mutually exclusive