Getting Down to Business

by Carilyn on March 19, 2012

Thanks to all my friends, both here in the blogosphere, and in “real” life, I am getting serious about Western States 100.  No more wishy-washy, namby-pambiness about it – it is time to commit and train.

So, because it was raining, raining, raining here on Saturday, I blissfully slept in (until7:45 Yay!), and then decided to drink coffee in bed.  Sounds like good training, right?  Although I wasn’t out pounding out the miles, I did take care of WS businesss:  I mailed my Volunteer Requirement Form to the WS RD…


I confirmed my pacer

Just kidding… but I don’t have a photo of him – he is much better looking and much more reliable!

I sent in my “Personal Information Form,” which basically just gives the race officials something to read off about you when you crawl across the finish line.  Since I’ve spent most of my running career going around in circles, I didn’t have much to say that would make me look cool.  I thought about making something up like, “Summitted Everest at age 7” but decided nobody would believe it.

I made hotel reservations for the weekend of the race…

…which I’m hoping is in the right location – still need to call and confirm that I got the right one.

And signed up for the Memorial Day Western States 100 Training Weekend.  This, I’m a little concerned about, I have to admit.

Day 1   32 miles

Day 2   20 miles

Day 3   20 miles

That sounds like a loooooooooooong weekend.  All of the runs will be on the WS course.  I hope there are some other wussies at this training weekend.  I’d hate to be the only one lost and complaining the whole time 🙂

But I am ready, and I am excited!!  Logistics are done!  Now, it is time to train.

So, after a morning in bed, I went and ran.

I know this is no Western States-style trail, but a girl’s gotta start somewhere 🙂


What did you do this weekend that you’ve been putting off?


Happy Running!


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

olga March 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm

The Memorial Day weekend training was the best gift I had given myself before my first WS100. It is relaxed atmosphere, you get to actually SEE thye views and trail and TALK to other runners, hang out, do all the things we loved when as a kid went to a summer sleep-away camp without parents.

Carilyn March 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Oooooooohhh! I’m so excited! Now, I can’t wait! Just hope it doesn’t kill me 🙂

Marcia March 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm

So exciting you’re officially onboard for WS! Coffee in bed sounds like essential training to me as well. : )

Kate March 19, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Exciting!! I LOVE trails. Granted, ours are no WS trails, but I still love them. Good luck with your training and your “relaxing” weekend away! 🙂

Carilyn March 20, 2012 at 8:52 am

I’m getting excited, Marcia! Just have to get busy 🙂 Trails are still pretty intimidating to me.

Carilyn March 20, 2012 at 8:54 am

Thank you, Kate! I haven’t done a lot of trails because we didn’t have much more than rocks in the High Desert of Texas where I lived. Being in California has made it much easier, but I have a lot of catching up to do!

SteveQ March 20, 2012 at 8:56 am

Now I see why no one wants me as a Pacer… I’m more of a Gremlin.

Carilyn March 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm

You make me laugh every time you comment, Steve. Thank you 🙂

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

Previous post:

Next post: