As I review my upcoming, fallÂ race schedule, I can’t help but recognize the immense challenges ahead of me; but I am also leaner, stronger and better trained than ever before. I am going after this race schedule with intensity and aggression.
Only three weeks to 100 miles
Only 8 days to 100 miles
Only 6 days to 100, er, now, 102.6 miles
Only 8 days to 100 miles
As I write this, I am exactly three weeks out from hopping on a plane to Minnesota for the Superior Sawtooth 100-Mile foot race along the Superior Hiking Trail.
The race has a total elevation gain and loss of over 20,000 feet, and a punishing terrain. As usual, I chose a doozy for a first 100-mile attempt.
But, as you can see from the images, it’s also GORGEOUS – some say one of the most beautiful 100-mile ultra races in the country. How could I say no?
Superior 100 Course Segments
Incredible detail of segments along the Superior Hiking Trail, including photos of the views at various locations along the trail where the Superior 100 mile race will take place:
- A great description of miles 24.3 to 42.8
- Then 42.8 miles to 71.6 miles (W/O Elevation, however)
- Then 42.8 miles to 71.6 miles (With elevation)
72 Hours of running at Across The Years
“Why do you want to do something like that?”, asked my wife.
“To see how many miles I can get, I guess”, I said.
“You’re crazy.” she said
“Yea, I know – wanna go?”
Across the Years is a popular, at least in the ultra community, multi-day ultramarathon event. I will begin running on December 29, 2008, on a track designed for this purpose; and will complete the 72-hours at 9:00 a.m., January 1, 2009 – hence “across the years”.
My goal is to log 175 miles, or about 58 miles a day.
Typically, I only really have liked mountain trail ultramarathons, but as of late, developed an interest in the multi-day discipline. The mental fortitude necessary for three solid days of moving forward should be an unique experience to say the least.
Jumping Stumps and More Masochism
I will also be doing the Stump Jump 50K in Chattanooga, TN. Everyone says, “you gotta do stump jump”, “you gotta do stump jump”
So, I’m doing Stump Jump.
And lastly, it’s back to Mountain Masochist, the mean and nasty 50++ miler that handed me my first, and of this writing, only DNF (did not finish) to date.
I have an axe to grind at Masochist.
Shower Me with Love
Well, ok, at least wish me some luck if’n ya feel the love. I really enjoy hearing from friends, other runners, and blog readers who read all this nonsense.
It makes me feel good and stuff…