Training for the next 10 months will be geared toward preparing for the Mother Road 100 (part 3). My last attempt wasn't as glorious as my first. I dropped at mile 65--something I have since regretted and have sworn to myself not to let happen again. I had trained for about the same amount of time (4 months), but not nearly with the same intensity. What really made the difference was that I didn't want it as bad as I did the first time and so I gave up when things got really tough.
This year I want to not only finish but to finish well (perhaps even a 20 hour finish). So, I am hoping that I can stay focused and intense for the next 10 months. However, after my first hundred miler, I promised not to let running consume me to the degree that it had that year.
So, how do I balance focused, intense training with moderation and conservatism...I don't know yet, I am still working on it. But as usual, it will have to include running at crazy hours when everyone is asleep except me, and I will have to live a "second life" that exists only during the specific hours of training.