Thursday, January 6, 2011

It's Real Now!

Tony Robbins says something like: "When you talk about something, it's a dream; when you envision it, it becomes a goal; when you schedule it, its real!"

With that in mind... I signed up for the Winona Lake Trail Ultra 50 Mile.

That's right!  I had been talking about running the Rocky Raccoon 100 in Texas the beginning of February and finally came to the conclusion that it just wasn't going to happen as I have struggled a little with getting in the amount of training I needed with the winter here in Michigan.

Don't get me wrong... I have been training and I mean a lot... just not enough to meet an early February deadline.  On top of that, I had not signed up yet for the Rocky Raccoon 100 (kind of an omen).  I have to admit that the first time I actually heard the words; "I'm not going to run Rocky Raccoon" come out of my mouth, I almost panicked.  And yet, I always believe that if one plan doesn't work out try something different.

That lead me to yesterday.  While searching for a substitute for Rocky Raccoon, I stumbled across an event that met several of my criteria.  I wanted something that I didn't have to do a lot of traveling for (This is just across the Michigan-Indiana border).  Additionally, because of a 2:30pm start time I can literally drive down the same day.  I wanted an event that was sooner than later and yet not in February.  This is a 10-mile trail loop (much easier for a first-timer to self-support).  And... I didn't want to be freezing (Feb, March, April can still be kind of cold around the Great Lakes). 

And so... here I am!  Signed up and ready to run.  No more playing around.  It's freaky cold here and I've got a race to get ready for!

It's Real Now!

Rocky Raccoon is not out forever, just for now!

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