Last night’s 5-miler was supposed to be a tempo run, but it turned into an easy 5-mile run that actually felt hard.
My left achilles was tight from the very first step and never quite felt right. I stopped to stretch a couple times and it felt better but not perfect. That’s what I get for taking so many days off of running!!
It’s okay though, even with a tight achilles it still felt so right to be back on the run and in marathon training mode.
All throughout the run I couldn’t stop thinking about the Hardrock 100 which takes place this weekend! If you’re not into ultrarunning, you’ll probably want to skip this next part where I completely geek out over the race.
Literally every single one of my favorite ultrarunners is either racing or pacing this year. You bet I will be obsessively following along!
Last year Scott Jurek paced Seb Chaigneau to a first place win and second fastest time on the course!!!! Seb finished in 24hrs and 25mins covering 67,984 feet total elevation change over the 100 miles. INSANITY.
Scott is my main man and Seb is in my top 5 favorite runners of all time, so this is the duo I’m rooting hard for.
Seb always seems like he is the happiest runner on the planet. He’s had some injuries this year, but I’d love to see him return to top form this weekend.
Other runners/pacers I’m super excited to track:
To understand why this race is so exciting for me, you have to know that my Favorite Runner List looks like this:
- Scott Jurek
- Anton Krupicka
- Kilian Jornet and Timothy Olson tied
- Seb Chaigneau
- Ann Trason
Ann is retired from racing, so literally ALL of my favorites are doing something in this race!
The Hardrock 100 has a lottery system to get in (even for the elites) so the fact that all of these guys got in during the same year is just crazy. It’s going to be an epic race!
I really, really, really wish Anton had gotten in this year too. He would have been a favorite to podium and everyone knows Anton loves a competitive race over tough terrain.
If Kilian has a great day he could definitely win AND beat the course record which is basically considered unbeatable (unless you’re Kilian).
That would mean that Seb doesn’t win which would be a bummer, but I’d be so happy for Kilian who is a once-in-a-generation type athlete.
Kilian is quite literally the Lebron James (or Michael Jordan if you prefer) of mountain ultrarunning.
Anyway, if you are interested in Hardrock 100 at all tune into iRunFar.com this weekend for their live coverage! I will be obsessively staring at the site waiting for updates. Running really needs to be televised!
If you don’t check the site, I just might tell you who won on Monday… 😀
What do you think of 100-mile races? Total insanity or sounds kind of interesting?
Do you wear your Garmin as a normal watch during the day, or do you only wear it during a run?
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