My training and racing have gone really well so far this year (other than a setback in February when I suffered a calf strain, which thankfully was resolved with rest and aggressive treatment by my chiropractor and sports massage therapist!)
So far for 2013 I have had a PR marathon at Redding in January (3:47), a PR at Run 4 Luv 5k with a time of 22:27, my second hundred miler at Antelope Island Buffalo Run in March (with a PR by almost 2 hours), a surprising 100k distance (which I finished with a sprint) at the Pickled Feet 24 hour race one week after my 100, a PR at Weiser River 50k (4:56) and finally a Boston Qualifying Marathon at the Famous Potato with a PR and a 3:40 time! 2013 has been a wonderful year for me so far and I am excited to see what the rest of the year brings! All those 4 am alarms to get up for a run, running through snow, ice, rain or whatever the day brings and lots of run by headlamp (so I could be done before the kids were up for the day), all the tough climbs, the long miles, the speedwork and the constant work on my mental game over the last few months are paying off!
Now that I’ve qualified for Boston, my focus goes into my ultra running races for the summer and fall! I’m competing in the Idaho Trail Ultra Series again this year (I was 5th female last year and part of the “Dirty Dozen” – top 6 men and women in the field) and I’m hoping to work hard this year, race well and aim for a top 3 spot this time! In order to compete, a runner must do 4 races of 50k or longer in the series. So far, I’m signed up for Silver City 100k in June and the Foothills Frenzy 50k in October. I also plan on doing the McCall Classic 40, Wild Idaho 50 miler and IMTUF 100. It should be a really exciting racing season!
I’ve got my work cut out for me! With so much focus on the roads in the past few months to help me qualify for Boston, I’d pulled back on my trail time significantly, so I’ve been trying to hit the trails hard again and start working on gaining a lot more vertical during the week and weekends in order to build my strength and endurance for the upcoming races!
First up will be the Silver City 100k on June 22nd. Last year, my family and I manned an aid station for the race and really enjoyed the beautiful scenery! I’m looking forward to having my turn facing those tough, technical trails in only 4 weeks!