Almost forgot that I have a blog! When last I wrote, I was in the midst of a fantastic streak of running. Nothing very long, mind you, but I was out there every day without fail. This streak continued through much of July (all told, 64 days in a row). But what turned out to be a neuroma between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsals of the right foot ultimately undid the streak and led to an August where the only streak was zero days. After some fruitless visits to the doctor, I slowly began to realize it was something I could run with, as the initial ache tends to numb out after a mile or so. And I slowly began working my way back into shape.
In October, I managed to make it out for a 25-mile leg of the Cactus Rose 100 Relay and had a wonderful time. Somehow, my seriously undertrained body made it up and down and over those rocky trails without any significant issues. After Cactus Rose, the training picked up with Bandera 100K as my goal race. In all likelihood, this wasn't a reasonable goal given the tight time frame, and when I suffered a pretty painful calf strain recently, it provided a good reason to reassess my goals.
After bailing on Bandera (and watching a few cool vids from the North Face 50 out in the Marin Headlands), I decided to throw my name into the Miwok lottery. In an un-Western States turn of events, I was actually selected. So the new goal is the Miwok 100. My previous run out there in 2007 took a hair over 16 hours. Obviously, the goal is improve on that crappy time. With a bit over four months until the race, I'll be able to put together a reasonable, conservative training plan that may include Nueces and/or Hells Hills earlier in spring. If things go well at Miwok, another 100 miler may be in the picture for the late-summer/early-fall. Until then, I'm just going to enjoy the newfound motivation and hope the body will match the attitude.