For many, January signifies a time to start planning the next full year. For me, Lotteries have made my year planning occur the Thanksgiving before the new year. So January is just when I make sure my ducks are in a row for my first race of the 2017 season.
This year I was shut out of both lotteries I put in for; Western States 100 and Hardrock Hundred. OUCH! Because I was on a roll of being rejected from lotteries I entered one more; CCC in France since I probably can’t really afford to go, and I most likely won’t get in. I just figured what the heck!
For the year, so far I have Black Canyon 100k, maybe a spring race? Grayson Highlands? Quest for the Crest? Promise land? Then summer hopefully San Juan Solstice. Fall; CCC??! Waldo? And then something local in the winter…Hellgate 100k? Mountain Masochist 50? As you can tell I am having commitment problems currently. Oh, and FOMO. Why are there so many fun races?! I should probably sprinkle in a trail marathon here and there… any suggestions?!
So as January is here I am already mid way through my training cycle for Black Canyon 100k. I have started working with Meghan Arbogast, and the change to my usual training has been both challenging and refreshing! In all honesty I’m a bit of a control freak about my own running, and thought it would be hard to give up and go with someone else’s plan for me– but the reality is its been pretty freeing. I don’t need a lot of motivation, just someone who can answer my questions, and thinks up new workouts for me to try. She’s been really great, and I am hopeful working together will help take my racing one step further. I like to do the best I can!
In other news, I have been testing out some new things for Carson Footwear. http://www.carsonfootwear.com/ Sometimes just a small change can make a huge difference. I was having some achy foot pain in distances over 45 miles where I am on lots of gravel or pointy rocks. I mentioned this to Everett, and ever since he’s been hard at work testing out new sockliners and very light-weight rock guards. He’s been sending me some here and there, and each time its like he’s getting closer. The shoes don’t need to be changed, and for nontechnical trail they are perfect as is…. but for foot bruising-rocky ultras the new insert he’s putting together are awesome! Soft underfoot yet somehow still firm and springy. They can’t be ordered just yet–as they are still in production and testing, but I’m excited to share this little news now. Look for them to be available in the spring of 2017!
Also, I have been brushing up on my digital design skills recently, wanting to get back to a little design work here and there. If you need a design, logo, photo editing, or painting… send me an email! firstname.lastname@example.org