Not much happening around here lately. Had my last race a couple of weeks ago. A little 30km nite run out at the trails of Lake Perry near Topeka. A race at which I had no business running. After a hard effort at the Lunar Trek 40 miler two weeks prior the legs just didn't have it in 'em to keep it going hard for an entire 18 plus miles over the rocks roots and hills that make up the Rock Creek trails. Alas though I had enough to finish 4TH Overall but due to some new timing software. I ended up receiving the award for 3RD Place. Which gave Paul Schoenlaub, who actually finished 3RD the 1ST Place Masters award. I tried to make it right by attempting to give my award to Paul as he truly deserved the honor. Paul being Paul though said that it didn't matter. He liked the sound of 1ST Overall Masters better.
Ever since the race I haven't had much motivation to run. Last week pretty much sucked cow patties as I tried to ramp my mileage back up to around the 100 mile per week mark up from the 70 miles per week I had been averaging all summer long. Didn't quite get it there and finished the week with just under 91 miles. This week I'm doing a little better and the legs feel like there starting to come back somewhat. Not worried about it that much. My next race is going to be the Superior Trail 50 miler on Sept. 12TH so plenty of time to get it all right by then.
In a couple of weeks I have the opportunity to pace my good friend Willie Lambert at the Leadville Trail 100 miler. The Race Across the Sky... It'll be a true honor to be able to have a chance to work some magic and get Willie a finish there this time around. He's had a bitter sweet relationship with this particular course and nothing would make me happier then to get him that buckle.
After Leadville and Superior Trail things are going to get pretty interesting as far as my running goes. I have some unsettled business with the matter of a 100 miler to tackle in November. No goals, estimated finish time or odds on my chances this time around. I just want to show up healthy, fit and ready to finish strong. My buddy Ryne Melcher will be coming down from Canada and we're going to tackle this together. I'm sure there will be copious amounts of micro brew and shenanigans involved. To make the post race atmosphere even that much more enjoyable.
2010 is going to be; well awesome. I have a few big things planned over the course of the next two years. I have mentioned some of those plans to a few people already and if your one of those people reading this. Please keep your silence a little while longer. I still have many things to work out but will get that all ironed out shortly. I'll make an official announcement in January or February next year. Until then I can't give out anymore information.
I'm super stoked for Leadville though and can't wait to see a bunch of wonderful friends. Should be a great party. Hopefully somebody will have an ice cold beer ready to put in my hand as I watch my runner take his last few steps down the Red Carpet as he's crossing the finish line.