So, I heard from the man, Thomas Hill, that the 3rd Mother Road 100 is coming next fall. I found this out in the middle of the Bluff Creek Ultramarathon Championship Races. No, I never did enter the race--I wasn't ready nor did I have the money. I was actually there for a casual jog on the trail. I had totally forgotten about the race altogether. But the race directors didn't mind me being a "bandit" for a little while (which is good because I had already ran 4 miles before I talked to any race officials. I assured them I was only there for a little run, and then I was out. To that they welcomed me, even offered some food (which I refused), and said, "come out here at 2am--that's when the runners will really need you"(the runners weren't allowed pacers for the race). I enjoyed running with (I wasn't pacing...honest) a 60 year old man for a while. He ran more at my pace.
Then it hit me. I haven't really trained hard for anything in a while, and I have got over a year before the next Mother Road race. What if I stopped trying to just "finish" these races and tried to actually DO something? If I was able to finish in 25 hours my first 100 miler with 4 months of training and having never ran more than a half-marathon, what could I do with a year to train having a few years of "casual" ultra running under my belt? With focused intensity, could I actually place high in this race? Even win? I'm big, slow, and inexperienced, but I'm not counting it out. All I have to do is train harder than anyone else. So be prepared to read about a tough training regimen in the following posts--it's on!