‘No’, ‘not now’, ‘never’ have been my responses when asked about running a 100 mile trail race. And the responses I’ve received back are anywhere from ‘thank goodness’ to ‘but you’ll race for six days?!’. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Pacing Elinor at the Leadville 100 motivated me to get racing again whether in a local trail or mountain bike race or in an adventure race. But it did not motivate me to run a 100 miler. Well…maybe a 50 miler and definitely a stage race like the Trans Rockies or Trans Alps. I’m not sure why I feel this way other than right now I know I don’t have the time to train with two young ones and I don’t have the motivation presently (which means I most likely wouldn’t do very well).
The one exception – The UTMB – The Ultra-Trail Du Mont Blanc. This race intrigues me and makes me want to run 166km (103.15 miles) in one shot. My reason: In 2005 I raced with the Crested Butte adventure race team in the Raid World Championships and did a large portion of the UTMB course in one stage of the race. Despite not feeling great at the time, I fell in love with trail and the idea of running around Mont Blanc.
And now the problem: I have to qualify for the UTMB by racing in another ultra…
Check out The North Face video from this year’s shortened race.