I said I was retiring from racing. Then I said I thought there'd be one last hurrah. Then I said I'd be running the Superior 50K next week. I said I'd be doing a series of posts on training and then didn't. Time to start making sense.
The calf I tore two weeks ago still hurts. The hamstring problem's healed. Two days ago, I sprained my ankle (which I do at least once a year, usually during the Superior 50K). I really shouldn't run Superior; I haven't done a long run all year and am averaging maybe 20 miles per week.
I'm running the 50K. I'll finish under 5 hours.
If it turns out, I'll bring the newest confection: cherry fudge. It's been a pain to get right.
As much as I enjoy running on trails and testing myself in races, I don't really like doing trail races. I've shown myself to be bad at ultramarathons, but I have an idea for training I want to try, so I'm going to give the 24 hour race another shot. I can't get ready in time for FANS and Badgerland is also probably too early, so the National Championship in Cleveland looks like the best bet this year; if I can't get ready by then, I'll have to wait a year (Ultracentric doesn't make sense, because of the weather difference between here and there); I tend to have one good race in the spring each year, so Corn Belt is most likely. If the weather isn't right for Corn Belt, then I'll do FANS.
The training plan I have in mind is the most ambitious I've ever devised. I'll probably "blow up" before I get to race, but I'm a little excited by the prospect and I need that right now.
Training plans and blogging
When I started this blog, I was writing a lot about how I thought about training, specifically for ultras. I was new to the races and there was nothing to lose; I hoped to hear from others what they thought and what they were doing.
I'm not sure how I feel about explaining my thoughts on training in general. If I've actually retired, it's not a problem, but I guess I'm not quite there yet and it's like giving everyone else an advantage. Why should I make it easier for people to beat me?
After I'm done with the next challenge (whether that's after a 24 hour race or when I give up due to injuries again), I'll explain what I was trying to do.
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