I was looking at a couple ultra race calendars and I must say there are quite a few runs around. What gets me is what some races charge for entry fees. Seventy bucks for early entry into a 50k? Are you kidding me? Sixty bucks for a half marathon? We are really fortunate around Wisconsin to have reasonably priced events. There was a time would I'd enter the occasional short race for the sake of racing. At $25.00 for Pete and Harry's 5k I'll pass.
It is good to see so many people running. Most people know I run, so as most of you, I get the update on people's running friends and a local half marathon they are shooting for. Of course everyone has a friend who is really fast. What can you run a half in? I don't really enjoy talking about running outside the inner circle. I do however find myself interested in sports others participate in, especially if they are competitive. I enjoy finding out their training philosophy and their perspective on competition.
The thing about talking about running with people who don't run, or worse, people who believe they know a lot about it is the evaluation process. You can tell when people are trying to pin you down about your running so they can find something to one up you. Inside I want to say something like, "Go get your band of merry men and lets run that 5k this weekend." But I don't. I'm not happy I feel that way, but I do like that the competitive juices are still there. So, like most, I pretend my best days are behind me and I'm happy hobby jogging most days of the week.
Mon = 7.0 w/ Jamie and dogs
Tue = 7.0 w/ Jamie and dogs
Wed = 9.2 w/ Jamie and his dog
Thu = 7.2 w/ Jamie and dogs
Fri = 17.4 w/ some of it w/ Christine and Robert
Sat = 8.2 w/ my dog
Sun = 5.0 w/ my dog
Week = 61.0
Feeling decent. Not sure I'll do the whole 50k this coming Saturday. I want to. Just not sure I am capable of holding back as much as I want. Also, I don't want to get too far ahead of myself. It would certainly take something out of me for a week. It will be a game day decision. With nice weather it will be difficult not to take advantage and run the whole thing.