This weekend, I took a detour for my first big race in many months! Instead of racing the Caumsett 50K/US Championship, we decided to stay closer to home and run the Cowtown 50K. My sponsor (and a sponsor for Cowtown), Marathonguide.com, was putting up a prize purse for the second year, including breaking the course record for the 50K. When I started adding up the costs and benefits of going to Cowtown vs. Caumsett (including the possibility of making the US 50K Team), everything made more sense to race Cowtown. After much deliberation on whether to run the marathon or 50K, I committed to the 50K at Cowtown! My teammate, Bryan Morseman, also committed to the 50K– both of us wanting to earn consideration for the US 50K Team.
I could write a book on the bizarre twists and turns the past 10 years– this weekend was no exception! Dealing with crazy snow and ice across this part of the country, we ended up leaving a day early (Fri.) to drive to Ft. Worth. A normally 3 hr drive… took nearly 7 hrs! No worries- we were going to get there sooner or later and still have a day to chill out. Bryan, who’s flights from upstate NY were cancelled and told he couldn’t fly out until Sun. (!), ended up DRIVING 22 hrs, with his whole family, to Ft. Forth!!! The crazy things we do to make our dreams a reality…. [Read more…]