I think I have my 2017 race calendar all finalized. The big goal is my first 100 mile finish at Run Rabbit Run in September. After pacing a friend through the night last year at the race last fall I fell in love with the race and decided to register. With such a big goal I also added some races in an attempt to get myself as ready for Run Rabbit Run as I possibly can.
The first challenge will test my mental fortitude in running through the night. Last summer I had two challenges involving night running that did not go how I wanted. I lost it mentally after the sun went down at the Never Summer 100k which only made quitting easier. I also did I night race in Phoenix last summer where I didn’t go out for the last loop. Yes, it was really hot but in retrospect I realize that quitting during the night is something I need to work on. That means my first “race” of 2017 will be a 24 hour timed event. I have some soft mileage goals, but none of those are possible without making it through the night.
The second Run Rabbit Run training race will be the Scout Mountain 100k in Idaho in June. This course will better mimic the ups and downs of RRR100 and will give me another taste of being on my feet for a long period of time prior to the main event in September. I’m looking forward to a mountainous race at lower altitude too since I had stomach issues above 10,500 feet at Never Summer so that should be one less thing I have to worry about.
The final races will be the two Sky races at Whiteface Mountain in July. Honestly, I booked these because I thought they would be two great shorter training races as I head into the peak of training for September and the wife and I both want to spend a little time on the East Coast this summer.
This summer is gonna be a great one. Now it is back to ski-mo training with more nordic mixed in over the next month and a half. A head cold has given me a nice rest this week, but I still have a goal of breaking 50k vertical on skis this month and starting to build up my run mileage slowly.