Glasshouse 100

Monday, 5th September 2011

How the year has flown past! It was only about 6 months ago that Kirsten and I decided that the focus for this year would be to try and achieve the minimum qualification entry criteria for the notorious and esteemed Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley, Nevada, USA.

As a minimum and to be eligible to complete the initial entry form process, a runner has to complete 3 races of 100 continuous miles (160km) in length. I chose to target 3 x 100milers this year. Although that is not part of the criteria (only one has to be completed within 12months preceding application), I adopted the whole "pull the plaster off quickly" approach. Seemed like a good idea at the time - as does everything that is epic in nature.

Having enjoyed my first 100mile experience in Moab, 23 weeks ago, my second outing at the Angeles Crest 100 mile run, 5 weeks ago, wasn't exactly a barrel of laughs. I learnt a few hard lessons about respecting the distance. So as I line up on Saturday for my third 100 mile race in 23 weeks, the aim of the game will just be to finish. The old "go out hard and hang on" routine will be taking a backseat this weekend, as I try to pace myself more evenly from start to finish.

Around two weeks out from the GH100 in 2009, I felt I was bullet proof and ready to rumble at my first attempt. I never actually made it to the start line as I sustained achilles tendinopathy by runninng a virtually vertical section of trail in an overzealous attempt to call everything "runnable".

So as I look across the year in preparation for the weekend, I am confident I can do the distance - how long will depend on how easily the 300 calories per hour are going in, and at what point the remnants of my 27+hr Angeles Crest100 kick in.

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#2 Roberto 2011-11-03 12:11
Heya Mike !

Amazing... i love the lin "...having enoyed my first 100 mile experience..."

I am lucky to walk 1 mile let alone run 100 !!

Cheers,
Rob
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#1 joyce 2011-11-03 10:28
Great stuff, Mike!
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