I’m going to have to skip running Leadville this year. My foot’s just not cooperating. When I hike around without the boot, the fracture site aches. It certainly loads better than it was and it does seem like it’s well on its way to being fully healed, but it’s obvious it’s not at a point to try to put a bunch of miles on it. And, when it comes down to it, I’m not willing to aqua jog all those hours. I love running. It brings me joy and keeps me sane and lets me eat the occasional tub of ice cream without guilt. None of that is true for aqua jogging. It was a tolerable short-term measure, but I’m not up for 2 ½ months of circling the deep end. I wailed and gnashed my teeth making this decision, but I’ve made my peace with it. Being with old college friends in Ireland helps – along with some pints of Irish stout. Still, next summer I think it’ll be more fun to just set a big pile of money on fire in the front yard and watch it burn rather than entering any races. (Grumble.)
I’ve drawn up a training plan that gets me back on the trails at a very moderate pace, incorporating anti-gravity treadmill running and some evil aqua jogging. I’ll be back up to 80-90 mile weeks by the very end of September. So, of course, I started looking for races in October that could take the place of Leadville as soon as I got internet access today. The Arkansas Traveler is October 1st. (Perfect!) I was just about to type my credit card info in, when I remembered I’d accepted a teaching contract that weekend. The following weekend? Heartland 100 in Kansas. Hmmm. Male course record 14:26. 14:26! So it’s a fast course – and I want to work on my speed… What do you think? Good timing. No acclimatization. Easy to train for in San Antonio. Easy travel. Great belt buckle. I lived in Kansas for a while growing up. (Fort Leavenworth and Manhattan) Potential for a fast run. Yes?