So after all the statistical analysis of our chances of getting into the Western States 100...we finally found out the only stat that matters yesterday. Just as expected, I unfortunately won't be running Western States next year. But hey, there's always next year and whatever I end of doing will be just as fun.. The good news is that my good buddy Arley got in and will be representing us Minnesotans at Western States! I'm excited for him...he will do well.
I guess now its time to figure out what races I am going to do next year. I'm leaning towards doing a 100 miler in late August or early September...thinking for now that maybe Cascade Crest might be the best option. I love Washington, have heard good things about the race, looks like a beautiful mountain course, and elevation isn't really an issue with the highest point under 6,000 ft. There are so many other really intriguing options though too. It's like going to a restaurant that has a really big menu...I never know what to get.
Training and Winter in MN
In the meantime, I am pretty dialed in these days on the Mardi Gras Marathon. Training has been good so far and I'm mostly optimistic, but all this Minnesota winter stuff makes me a little nervous. I've never really tried to run many fast miles on bad footing like this before, so not sure how the times will translate to good conditions and fewer layers of clothing. Yesterday was a good test on a 20 miler around the snowy Minneapolis lakes with 10 as close to marathon pace as possible. It was tough going and kept wanting to cut it short, but made it through the 10 miles averaging 6:02 per mile...not quite my goal pace, but I am thinking just as good all things considered. I guess I'll find out in 10 weeks now.
And as for the Minnesota winter, it is too soon to be complaining quite yet...it will still get a whole lot colder over the next couple months. Besides, it only makes us tougher, right?
A Parting Fun Fact:
Did you know there are approximately 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars in the universe? That is crazy! I highly recommend you go see Hubble 3D. I have been completely mind-boggled now for three days and counting. I wonder if its too late to become an astronaut?