Update on 100 Miler (Schedule Change)

Well, it was bound to happen, didn't realize it was going to happen so soon.  I am changing part of my schedule for the 100 mile race.  I am changing the race itself, instead of the Cascade Crest 100 in August 2013, I am going to run the Lumberjack 100 in April 2013.  Yes, I know that only gives me 10 months to prepare instead of 14 months.  I talked to a couple of people who had run the race and they kept emphasizing how hard the Cascade Crest 100 was with its 20,000 feet of elevation gain.  In contrast the Lumberjack 100 has 12,000 feet with none of the steep climbs of the Cascade Crest.  However, it is a loop course with 8 loops of 12.5 miles each.  As one of them pointed out, I have run this course several times and that can be an advantage in a 100 mile race.   Interestingly enough none of them told me outright not to run the Cascade Crest, they just steered me away from it and all of them said that if I still decided to run the race they would have supported that as well.  Gotta love ultrarunners who will support you making huge mistakes.   They all did emphasize that this was a doable race for 10 months of training as long as I am disciplined about it.  However, with the Cascade Crest 100 out and the Lumberjack 100 in, I am not going to do a 50 mile race since there aren't any until April.  That means I will have to do a 50 mile run as a training run, which is eminently doable.  In some ways I feel better about doing the Lumberjack 100 since it takes place about half an hour from home.  So there you have it, revision #1 mostly likely many more.  Good luck in your races this year.   

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