185 Days till the KEYS 100!

As I bent down in my closet this morning to pick out a pair of shoes accomodating to my Ridgecrest blister, I realized for a split second that I might be stuck. My legs didn’t want to push me back up and my arms let out a little ‘Screw you!’ in their own way when I tried to utilize them. In a slow ‘I just ran 50 miles’ sort of way, I inched my way up.

But I hadn’t just done a 50 mile run. I had, however, just come home from my first official day of CrossFit. Friday’s are what they refer to as ‘Happy Hour’ where you pick a WOD (work out of the day) and attempt a PR. Lucky for me, anything I did would be a PR since I had never done any of them. Vanessa, Eric’s fiance, was the instructor today and I was happy to finally get a chance to work with her. I didn’t know her well, but I liked her. Her name graced the tops of each WOD board, listing the best female time for almost every, if not all the work outs. She was strong and tough, with a quiet confidence. She didn’t need to say she was good… she WAS good. That was apparent. She was what I strived to be one day in these classes.

Since it was my first day, she chose my work out for me. It was called ‘Cindy.’ Cindy consisted of 5 pull ups, 10 push ups, 15 squats, as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes. Sounds easy, huh? Even in my modified version (jumping pull ups and push ups on my knees) this work out kicked my butt. But I like this feeling. When I first decided to lose weight almost 9 years ago, it was fun to watch my body transform and when I started running distance, it was fun to go out for long runs that were longer than I have ever gone before. Now I get that experience all over again, from my first pull up to the first time that I get to do a work out with what is considered to be the standard weight.

As I walked into the office this morning, one thing was certain. If I was going to work this hard to get stronger and faster, I needed a goal – my next 100 miler. I had a few on my mind, but usually if I think about it for a few days, my heart will show me the right ones. I’ve picked two for next year, beginning with the KEYS 100. It is a Badwater style race in Florida during extreme heat with a self supported crew. So far, that will just be my dad, but I am working on finding another crew member. The race starts in Key Largo and ends at Smather’s Beach. If I can pull this off, it should be a good thing to have on my resume when applying for Badwater in 2010.

My second 100 miler of 2009 will be the infamous Angeles Crest 100. Ambitious, yes, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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