WHO’S GONNA WIN MIWOK?
Mackey or Honeyfield. For a more comprehensive list of Male and Female contenders, Tim Long posted good lists here: http://footfeathers.blogspot.com/2012/05/miwok-100k-preview-and-live-updates.html
While this field isn’t 1/10th as stacked as Lake Sonoma and Leona Divide were, there are still a lot of solid runners and I look forward to leap frogging with them throughout the day this weekend. Speaking of Sonoma and Leona… daaaaaannng. Pretty much a trail running paradigm shift led by Young Money and D-Bo. And what about Timothy Olson and Jorge Maravilla running so well at two fifty milers only two weeks apart? Who do they think they are?
HOW AM I GOING TO DO?
I hope to finish around 9 hours? With the new course this year I don’t really know if that’s too ambitious, we’ll find out. I am feeling great right now, but was not able to run a whole lot for a month after Old Goats 50M because of shin issues. Luckily, a friend and aspiring PT extraordinaire, Michael Chamoun gave me great advice and his working on my legs, albeit painful, seems to have done the trick. Thanks Michael!
So while I’m feeling so fresh and so clean, clean… I haven’t logged enough miles lately to keep me afloat for 62 miles and I expect to fall apart kinda early and then trod along till then end and consider it good training for AC 100.
More important than how well I run is the fact that I’ll get to hang out in the Marin Headlands for a good stretch with my wife, parents, brother and his girlfriend. Looking forward to hiking, cribbage, delicious food and avoiding poison oak. I’m also stoked with how many friends will be up there racing/hanging out. When Jimmy Dean Freeman comes to a party, he rolls deep and good times are aplenty. Maybe his charisma can help us SoCal folk redeem ourselves against the usually faster half of the state on their turf?
Why is it that runners from NorCal are faster than runners from SoCal anyways? Being born and raised in NorCal I’d like to think we’re bred tougher… but the mountains in Socal are bigger, we (I live in SoCal now) have more days of easier weather to run in, and we have wayyyy to many people down here. You’d think we’d have the upper hand. Maybe it’s because of ultrarunning having a longer history up there?