Friday, June 3, 2011

Time to Run Again

Three weeks after finishing MMT, I'll be toeing the line again at the Old Dominion 100 in Woodstock, VA. Same basic area as MMT, but the course does not use the same rocky trails. It is supposed to be a much more runnable course. I feel pretty good going into the weekend. I recovered well from MMT and was able to put in some "normal" training last week. My speed has not fully come back, but that is to be expected and is not really that necessary for a 100 mile venture. I suppose I won't know for certain how ready I am until I am well into the race, but I plan on following the basic tenets: start slow, drink a lot, eat a lot, and keep moving forward. 

The weather forecast seems to have improved from what was originally supposed to be highs in the mid-90s to now in the mid 80s - still hot, but much more manageable. It should be a very good race with some really talented runners: Neal Gorman, Eric Grossman, Karsten Brown, Sean Andrish, Keith Knipling, Dave Ploskanka, and Jon Loewus-Deitch to name a few. There will likely be some very good finishing times, and will hopefully bring more publicity to this race (it used to be part of the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning). It will be fun to see how it plays out. 

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