Sunday, February 28, 2010

What's New in Leslieland


Sweet Jeeeezus - It's March the 1st on Monday.

How the heck did that happen?!? I've got my first "race" of the year coming up this weekend - a wee jaunt of 100k featuring 19,000 feet of elevation. Damn. I'm excited to be going to Coyote Two Moon - just as much for the socializing as for the main event. It's sounds like a unique, wacky, one-of-a-kind adventure. It's branded as more of a gathering of like-minded individuals - we're all meeting for some camping, some eating, some bowling, some random silliness and of course, some running on trails. I can't wait. Truthfully, I'm fit and confident I can complete this sucker. But, reeeally? I'm not exactly running fit. When is one ever entirely prepared for these things? If your Leslie in Winter, you are sort of prepared. I'm mentally preparing for sufferage. And I'm hoping all of that ski touring gave me enough power in my booty to march my ass up and down a few mountains. What this race will be good for is a little running reality check - it will be a good measure of where I am and where I need to get.

In other Leslie running news, the Hardrock draw happened a few weeks back and I am officially 284th out of 289 on the Waiting List. I got some serious chuckles out of that one! Ha! No disappointment here - I'm equally stoked to be officially signed up for the Bighorn 100 Miler in June. It's a run after my own heart: 100 miles of scenic trails in the mountains with lots of elevation gain and loss. I'm excited. Now I just need to train....

The goal is to get myself to the start line healthy and strong. I may have to put a little more focus and thought into my training plan because in typical Leslie style: there is no plan. I'm still thinking about it. I'm a procrastinator when it comes to the details. I'll think about putting a program together and then a month will go by! I've still got a few chronic problem areas that cause me grief. Hips - tight. Back - fragile. Glutes - lacking power. It's all connected, I know - but it hasn't stopped me yet. O.K - it's stopped me once last June and that was scary as all heck and should have been enough for me to get my shit together, but alas...I'm still working on it. Just not diligently and consistantly enough! The whole problem is a that I'm a Pleasure Motivated Creature. I do things for fun. It's what keeps my running fresh, but also what impedes me from running further, faster, stronger. Alas, I'm secure with it. After all, it's all about F-U-N.

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11 comments:

Bryon Powell said...

Hey Leslie,
If it's any consolation, I was 210 out of 214 on the HRH wait list when I applied! ;-)

Sunshine Girl said...

Too funny! And would you send us some of your snow already?

Backofpack said...

Happy days in Leslieland! I'll betcha the ski touring helped. And I'm confident that you can do any thing you put your mind to. Go!

RunSueRun said...

OMG, I didn't realize "Leslie" was YOU... which means I get to meet you in person at C2M shortly. Yippee!! :)

Sunshine Girl said...

Yahooo! You really ARE from Planet Claire!! :)

Meghan said...

You're gonna be fine, just keep your back relaxed and happy. Oh and drink a beer or two. ;)

Have fun down here, you two!

Sue said...

Hi Leslie
Sue here, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I'm a big fan of your's and have secretly been reading it for a couple of years. You have amazing adventures and I'm envious as hell. Plus the fact that you live in my favourite place BANFF! Hardrock is on my to do list one day also.

Sunshine Girl said...

Hi Sue! Thanks! Sounds like you've had a great year. Anytime you want to come visit, just let me know. It's a sincere offer! I love to take out new friends who can appreciate Banff and the trails!

kelly said...

I am entered into BH too! Have a great time and run at C2M. My good friend Suzanna Bon, Florencia Gascon, and Paul Bruner will be running the 100k. I hope you get a chance to meet them. Take care.

Stuart said...

I saw someone over by the hill on the left!

Sunshine Girl said...

Hi Kelly - your friends rock! Trail runners are good peoples. I'm continuously impressed with all the good folks I meet at these silly events!

Hi Stuart -
Maybe next year we'll see you at one of the volunteer tents at C2M or out on the course?