Thursday, January 31, 2008

Time Flies When You're...

Hmm... I'm not sure exactly what I've been doing, but I do feel like the week has flown by. I took a rest day on Tuesday and then did some tempo work on Wednesday. Now, please don't faint, but I did trails today. I needed to do hills, and my friend Ingrid needed to get in a longer run, so we met at the Chevrolet dealership so that I could drop off my car for service and ran from there. We just so happened to be by a new park that has a trail system in it, so we thought, "What the heck! It doesn't matter that we are in road shoes." And it didn't. Except on the downhills. Those were a little dangerous. But it was so much fun! We ran for 2 hours, talking the whole time, running up and down and around and around. I really enjoyed it. It was like training wheels on a bike - sort of practice trail running. I finished out the day with a gym workout and some pilates. The next three days are longer runs, but with moderate pacing.

So, I finally talked to Scott, and I think my schedule is this:

El Paso Marathon - March 2 - pace a friend for BQ
Ruth Anderson 100k - April (thanks for the suggestion, Olga)
Kettle Moraine 100 - June (thanks for the suggestion, Bob)
Maybe Lean Horse 100 - August

I'm still looking at some other things for the end of the year, but I am super relieved to have the first half planned out. I'm most nervous about Ruth Anderson because I have never run a 100k. It just seems like you have to run fast. For a long time. Anyway, we'll see. Scott thought it would be a good tune-up for KM 100. By the way, I would love a pacer for KM 100. Because I am such a big, fat chicken, and I never do trails, I don't want to be in the forest, in the dark BY MYSELF! As directionally challenged as I am, it is highly possible that I could end up in South Dakota before anyone realized I was missing. So, if you think you might be close to Wisconsin in June, and you can follow a map, could you please, please let me know.


olga said...

Yay for a schedule set up!!! Glad it makes sense now. Kettle is a good one, heard through the great vibe:) I wanna be your pacer...but can't afford an extra flight anymore this year. If I come up with any ideas, I'll let you know, 'k?

Bev said...

Wow, what a schedule! I can't wait to follow your progress through those races.

Bob Gentile said...

Yeah!!! Ur doing KM100, Carilyn I spoke with the RD a few times and I am sure it will be no problem to find u a pacer or 2 & they also have that added night time 38 mile fun run to keep the trails alive at night so that will help also.

Looks like a great lineup! Grand Tetons is Labor Day weekend....I am doing the 100 & last year did the 50, ahhhh that one is so beautiful but it is tough but nothing you can't handle... AND the starting line is 100yards from the lodge, SO we walk to the start Line and Crawl back to the lodge afterwards --lol

Have a great weekend! and don't get me jealous I have ZERO trails to run here :-(

Carilyn said...

Thanks, y'all. I do feel relieved to have made some decisions. Olga, I will taking you up on the pacing offer some time when I'm in your neck of the woods.

Bob, I'm excited about KM 100. I think the 38 mile night Fun Run is a great idea to keep activity on the trail. Sounds like a well-run race.

Bev, I'm still working on my race reporting skill, but hope to have something interesting soon.