Tuesday, November 18, 2008


I suppose it was inevitable that, with just over 7 months to go, I would begin writing about Western States and my hopes for the 2009 race. I know I'm a bit obsessed with the race and I accept that. In fact, I've even come to embrace it. That said, my running is going so well right now that I can't help but think that things are starting to point in the right direction.

This year, I plan to do the same 7 month build-up as I have done for the past five years:

November to January -- foundation.
January to March -- sharpening.
March to June -- endurance.

One thing I am thinking of doing differently this year is racing a bit more. Now, at my age and condition I never really "race" anything shorter than 100 miles but I am thinking that a few forced long runs at faster than average pace may hold off the aging process just a little. With that I am thinking of the following:

November - Quad Dipsea
January - Ghost Town 38.5
February - Moab Red Hot 50K
March - Way Too Cool 50K

Of course, after that, it's all training but we'll see how it goes. And, of course, it's all subject to change.

Man, I'm excited. I can smell the dust on the Manzanita already!



Trail Goat said...

7 months if far from too early to start writing about Western States. Heck, I'm focused on my race 31 months out! Keep building that base!


Ps. I'll go smell some dusty California manzanita for you next weekend. Rumor is that it smell like victory.

Damon said...


I'm the same way. I've had a lot of bad luck with WS over the years and I've only crossed the finish line as a pacer. I've missed the race due to a torn ACL and in 2005, I missed the time cut-off at Highway 49. Last summer, I was in the best shape I'd been in for years and then the race got cancelled. I've been obsessing about next June for months already.

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