Well of course it's not even 2 weeks since Leadville and I'm already thinking about next year. Thinking I want to do an international event. Zeroing in on a couple....these would be way harder than anything I've done, and in a foreign country. So of course how do I think about which one to do?  Well of course I start by looking at the distance....can I go that far?  Narrow the list down a little. Look at the elevation...hmm...can I  tolerate going that high?....narrow it down more. Look at the climbing and descending...can I really be ready for that kind of climbing and descending training in Oklahoma?....narrow that list down more.  No pacer?  I've never completed a 100 miler without a pacer...the list is getting shorter. I'm not happy with the list I'm left with.  I see these grand events and I get anxious/fearful...but...I WANT to do them.

I relate these fears in a question to a friend....do YOU think we can get me ready for something like this? Please, just tell me what I am capable of so I can just trust someone other than myself. I am reminded that I am trying to decide what to do based on knowing the outcome. I want to KNOW I will finish. Ahhhh, "but this is why we race"....the unknown, to see what will happen.

So, this weekend I will roll through thoughts and ideas, races and countries. THIS time without considering whether or not I can do it. Completely set that aside, and find what I really want to do and go for it.


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Comment by Lori Enlow on August 31, 2013 at 10:11am
Thank you eric, you are spot on where my mind has been going and have decided ;). Will let you in on my biggie soon!
Comment by Eric Welsh on August 31, 2013 at 10:05am

Lori, What if you start your list with places you have always wanted to see? Maybe a place you have dreamed of lacing up your shoes and taking off running, since there is no better way to explore a new place than running. Then you can let logic creep in to the picture. Now I understand that I am only at the point of reading about things that you have accomplished but while reading your post I thought of myself every time I see a picture of the coast line of Ireland or a mountain trail. Whatever you chose I look forward to reading more of your adventures.

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