Thursday, April 29, 2010

Miwok - ready or not.

Here is what I wrote back at the start of the year when laying out my goals for the year of racing...

Miwok 100K (CA) - 11:00 10:30 (Olga is keeping me honest...)
And a top 10 finish while I'm at it. I don't ask for much. Kami Semick won this race the past 2 years. 2008 was the muddy year and I can't recall what her time was but last year she was just over 9 hours. Incredible. But then she is in a different class. Representing the US on the 100K team and running some amazing times at 42 years of age no less.


Well, I might, er, be revising that slightly... I'll be happy with 11:30 and really don't even want to suggest where I will place.

It's been a rough few weeks of travel, work, bad eating and little exercise. I was feeling pretty miserable with my (lack of) race prep and was on the fence about the race - not even booking hotel accomodation until yesterday. But then last Sunday I went for a run from my Mum's house up around Carrowkeel on some of the same trails I'd run when home in March. Man, it was beautiful. I took a different trail, following the hill walking signs, running along in the blissful silence, bog on either side, Lough Gara far off to the right and Lough Arrow to the left, beyond the Curlew Mountains (hills really...). Sheeps and baby lambs for company. I knew there and then I was absolutely getting on the plane to SF tomorrow morning. Assuming, that is, I get packed sometime in the next 6 hours...

Whatever the outcome, it promises to be a beautiful day out. I'm lucky to have gotten a lottery spot and am looking forward to running in the California spring weather, meeting new people, and discovering new trail
... all the while being perfectly at home :)

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good luck in the land of fruits and nuts.......stew

olga said...

I know you'll surprise yourself. You won't surprise me though. I am still betting on far-sub-11. Have fun:)

roughkat said...

Glad to hear you decided to go for it. I look forward to hearing all about it.

Chris Swenke said...

We rarely regret the runs we do but almost always regret the ones don't.

Best of luck!

Chris

SteveQ said...

Semick, Crosby-Helms, Africa, Moehl, Capel, L'Heureux, Ortiz, Lambert, Sproston, Lavin.

Top 10's possible. Go get 'em!

Meghan said...

Hey Helen! We met very briefly at the Chippewa 50k race a few years back. I'll be volunteering at the finish tomorrow. Hope to see you, and BEST of luck!

Bill S said...

GOOD LUCK HELEN!!!

davidultra49 said...

Well all I can say is. That knowing your going up against those kind of odds at least your not going to have any pressure. Go out and have fun. You just may surprise yourself.

sea legs girl said...

Helen,

First, I hope your plane made it there. And I don't even think you'll read this before you race, but have an awesome race! I'm glad SteveQ wrote that list there, because it makes everyone aware of the amazing female participants. I can't believe it's me saying this, but don't think about place and run your own race. I think, if anything, your lack of running recently will be a benefit. We'll be cheering from Denmark!

Beth said...

Good luck, Helen! I can't wait to hear about all of your adventures!

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