Thursday, December 6, 2007

Revolution Is In The Air

Run 13 miles
Bike Commute 3 miles
Lift 18 lifts
-3 sets of 12 reps.

Run 11 miles
Bike 26 miles

Run 14 miles
Bike Commute 3 miles

Run 9 miles
Lift 16 lifts
-3 sets of 12 reps.

The past couple days have brought about some very detailed discussions in the ultra running weblog world about the need for a true championship 100 mile race. That is, something other than Western States 100 which is more or less impossible to get into even if you are one of the best runners. If you're interested in this discussion check out posts and comments on the following blogs: Karl, Wynn, Tony, Matt, Paul, Andy, Bryon.

The idea to create a true championship race is one that I think would be great for the sport and one that I hope doesn't fade away into nothing. I don't have the experience, clout, or ability to make something like this happen but I sure hope that someone who does makes it happen. I could see a domino effect quickly pushing this over the top. If a few of the top guys simply picked a race and called it the "championship" others would flock to it for a taste of the competition. I hold no illusions that I am on the level of the top ultra runners that would be attending these races, but I also have made up my mind that I am going to work my ass off to try to get there. At this point there is nothing that would appeal to me more than the chance to run against a field that consisted of many of the top ultra runners in the country. I hope this unfolds the way it should. I hope that come 2009 there is a race that any top level runner can get into (defining top level runner can obviously be a problem, but I say let anyone be involved who thinks they can compete), and that all top level runners will want to get into because it will include most of the top runners. It's very exciting to me just to think about it.