2014: The Journey to Leadville Starts Today
I celebrated the New Year by doing one of my favorite things: planning my race calendar. My goal for 2014 is simple — to complete the Leadville Trail 100 Run in under 30 hours. 100 miles in the beautifully rugged Colorado Rockies. Through the night. Simple, right? With breathtaking views from Hope Pass summit at 12,600 ft. elevation, it’s no wonder this run is called the “Race Across the Sky.” Here’s how I plan to accomplish my goal:
- Ramp up mileage gradually
- Train at elevation
- Run 100 mile weeks
- Ask my friends for support
Start slow with a 25K then a Marathon before doing the Way too Cool 50K in March. Follow that up with the American River 50M in April, which is good preparation for the Miwok 100K in May. 25K, 26M, 50K, 50M, 100K — a solid and gradual ramp up.
After Miwok, take a few weeks off to recover before heading to Colorado to train in the High Country. Once there, run the Leadville Marathon, run about 100K on the LT100 course during the three-day Leadville Training Camp, and run the Leadville Silver Rush 50M. All at elevations that will nourish my heart, lungs, and legs.
If I feel good after the Leadville 50M, head over to Tahoe and run the Tahoe Rim Trail 50M. Note to self, this time, be prepared for the heat. And for a tough 100 mile week. Then head back to Leadville, recover, rest, and begin to taper for the LT100 in August.
In many ways, my Leadville friends (AKA the Leadville Family) are responsible for inspiring me to begin this journey. And I am sure that along the way, I will ask them for support to help me accomplish my goal of completing the Leadville Trail 100 Run in under 30 hours.
That’s my plan. The journey to Leadville starts today, and it looks something like this: