Tuesday, April 28, 2009


I'm in Portland now before heading onto Ashland tomorrow and then San Francisco by Thursday night. I've had a few days of some doubts about where my body will be for the race on Saturday but things do seem to be coming back together in just enough time. I've been dealing with a minor head/chest cold but it's been just enough to give me a good amount of overall body fatigue and some burning lungs. I felt horrible on my runs on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but much better yesterday and today. Should be ready to roll by the weekend.

At times over the past several weeks I've put a lot of pressure on myself to finish top three at Miwok, but now over the past couple weeks I've let most of that go. I simply want to run the best race I have in me this weekend and see how that plays out. I would love to qualify for Western States, and I know I have a great shot to do so, but I'm not going to get too bent out of shape if I don't. My race this weekend will be mostly about some redemption for what was, in my mind, a fairly poor race for me last year at Miwok. Even though I finished 3rd there last year it was probably the least smooth race that I've had in the past two years. I was both mentally and physically fried by the end of that one... and not in the good way that you can be fried at the end of a race, but rather in the way that was only remedied by two full months with almost no running. Granted a huge part of that time off from running was because I was training for and racing The Great Divide bike race, but even without that I would have needed some serious time off after Miwok last year. What I want from this weekend is to feel that I got even with that course for how much it kicked my ass last year. We'll see. Oh yeah, and I want to win...


Unknown said...

Good Luk Geoff! I think passing through Canada must have been just what the doctor ordered!

Olga said...

And I didn't now that, as you passed my town by? :) Have fun with Rogue guys, and best of luck at Miwok! I wish you get what you deserve, although in this case, while I will be able to follow you at WS, I won't get to hang out with you at HR:)

Phil said...

Good luck!

Sara Montgomery said...

Sounds like you have a good mix of letting the pressure go, yet still wanting it. :) Good luck! We'll be scouring for updates and cheering for you!!

Geoff said...

olga, i was going to get in touch with you as i headed on toward portland but then i saw that you were going to be down in AZ over the weekend and I also found out that a friend of mine from hood river was going to be staying portland all week so i knew i'd be wanting to spend out time here hanging out with her. i got out for a 2 hour run yesterday. i should have at least contacted you to see if you wanted to do that cause i wasn't able to find anything other than roads and paths around town, mostly because that was about all i looked for.

Hone said...

I remember you hitting up Taco Bell right after we had dinner the night before the HURT. Make sure you do it again because whatever is in that taco meat seems to work for you!!

Just bring a pocket full of TP just in case it backfires.

Olga said...

Well, let me know when you're heading back then, we can at least have a cup of coffee. Now, tear that course up, I know you can do it!

Sheri said...

Good luck...Can't wait to hear how you do...and can't wait to see you next week!
Have fun!

mindful mule said...

Welcome to California! (Unless, of course, you guys just decided to never leave Ashland, and who would blame you?) Have a great race this weekend. Run fast...

Anonymous said...

Good luck Geoff. For what it's worth, I ran my best marathon after coming up lame a few weeks before and having to hold back and miss my last long run. Turned out that forced taper was what I really needed. Anyway, at this point you've done all within your control. Time to just let it happen and enjoy.


Jennoit said...

Good luck, Geoff! We'll be thinking of you tomorrow!

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