Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Prep for VT 100 and Running to Inspire

About ten days until the Vermont 100 and I am starting to really look forward to this race. Now that I have completed the distance and have a better idea of the mental capacity that goes into covering 100 miles on foot, I have much more confidence. The race also coincides with our 7th wedding anniversary. After the race, Anne and I will be spending some time relaxing in Vermont/New Hampshire (without the kids, thanks Nana!).

My training has been fairly consistent since OD 100. I took a few days off after the race; slowly got back into my normal rhythm and have been running around 110 to 120 MPW, including one eight day period of over 160 miles – this included Highlands Sky 40 Miler and the ½ Sauer ½ Kraut Marathon. I’ve also thrown in some shorter races just to try to keep my fast twitch muscle fibers somewhat sharp. Since running MMT and OD 100 my pace for these races is a bit slower, but with the focus on running a solid 100-miler a slower 5/10K time doesn’t bother me too much. Physically, I feel pretty good. The only troublesome area is my left ankle, which has always been a bit finicky. My posterior tendons just don’t want to cooperate with the rest of my body. It doesn’t impact my running at all, but there is some tightness and occasional swelling. I am now going to actually try and take it easy leading up to Vermont and hopefully I won’t have any problems with it come race day. I am happy with my training and hope that it all comes together for a great race. After Vermont, my plans are still up in the air. There are many races I want to do, but I cannot run them all…

On a completely different note, I am pleased that recently my running has encouraged others to live healthier and get into better shape. I am an extreme introvert by nature, but I have made an effort to become more involved in the local running scene (with a little prodding from my wife). It has been very cool to see that by simply running with and talking to people you can have an impact on their decision to live a healthier life. While running, - Ultra running in particular - is a fairly solitary (selfish?) activity, there are still many ways that you can use this ability to make an impact on society however small it may be. I hope that my running can continue to inspire others and those people in turn will become an inspiration. 

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