Sunday, September 5, 2010

End of Summer and WS100 Dreaming

It seems like the end of summer is here. The heat and humidity (and deer flies) are gone and they’ve been replaced with cool nights.

I just love this time of the year for running, and feel very fortunate to be back into a place where I can be enjoying some substantial trail time. My daily volume has continued to be back to a point approaching almost normal amounts again. While I haven’t ventured into many longer runs, I’m now feeling like I can look to test the waters and see how my body responds to some now. Monday is going to be a long run test. This will be a great opportunity for me to see when I think I might be able to hop into a race. Wish me luck!

On the topic of races, I was looking over the Western States 100 lottery information last week. WS 100 has made some really good changes to the system, however I just realized that I’m getting burned a bit in that I currently don’t have a qualifier to put my name into the lottery yet. The qualification period is from October 1, 2009 – November 6, 2010. So, unfortunately my Haliburton 2009 race is a couple of weeks too early, and with my past year of injury, I am in need of a qualifier.

I’ve been looking over races and while I do feel that I’m a ways off of being in decent shape, I’m considering trying to hop into get a qualifier. I expect that the 50mile option will be where I look. We’ll see. The fact that we organize the Sydenham Fall Trail Run in October further limits that number of potential races to look at though.

Back to school time for Brennan and Heather now. Hard to believe it's that time again. It's been an amazing summer with so many wonderful memories. We had enjoyed a final campfire of the summer this holiday weekend.

Training Summary:
Total # of hours last week: 11:32
Total # of hours this year: 364:44
Streak (# of consecutive days of running): 7,559


  1. I supposed Haliburton this weekend is out of the question?! Hope you find something.

  2. Yup...think that Haliburton unfortunately is just a bit soon.

  3. Even for the 50 miler? I'm just sayin'...

  4. Yeah, with only a single 4 hour long run to my name right now, I don't feel comfortable risking a year of rehab at this point. Each week gets a little closer though.

  5. How'd the Monday test go?

  6. Thanks George. All went well. Got in 4hours on pretty technical trails with the middle 2 hours being at a solid pace. Not feeling super strong, but structurally very good. At least I feel that I'm now fit enough to start getting fit.

    The best part was that the legs have felt very solid in the couple of days since.

  7. Don't they have *special consideration* for RDs? I might be thinking of another race though. Check it out...

  8. I'll be sure to check it out Moogy. Thanks