I first became cognizant of the Leadville 100 trail race when I worked for the Colorado Outward Bound School some years ago. I was leading a group of fourteen year-olds up Mount Massive. Summiting Massive was the culmination of our two-week course and I think the plan was to reach the summit after a two or three-day approach. We were carrying huge backpacks. I’m sure mine was well over half my body weight. I remember it towered over my head. As we made our approach in our leather hiking boots and knee-high gaiters, we were passed by a runner wearing only small black shorts (and shoes) and carrying a water bottle. He floated past us. I remember being struck by two thoughts simultaneously: One, defensively, “Well, won’t he be sorry if we’re struck by a freak blizzard!” And, two, “I want to do that!” Before I left Leadville that summer, I bought a map of the course. That same map is hanging on my refrigerator now. It feels good to be able to fulfill this decade-old desire in two months. I feel like I’m going to have a good race in Leadville despite my lingering PF. Honestly, though, I’ll be content just to be up there running. I’ll hike the course if my foot won’t let me finish running it.
Diet soda: 0
Core workout: After this post. I need some motivation here. Anyone?
Some race reports