I've mailed in my registration for the Hagg Lake 50k in February. So my race schedule for 2007 is starting to feel more real. The best news is that my main running buddy, Sharon, has registered for the 50k too. She's comforted by the fact that its a two loop course and she can bail if necessary after the first loop. But the word quit is not in her vocabulary. So barring disaster, I'm confident she'll complete the 50k (as I am that I will too!).
My goal race for 2007 is the PCT Mt. Hood 50 mile in July. My 50k there this year was my first trail race and first ultra. I knew then and there I'd found my comfort zone. From an ultra newby perspective it will be a challenge. But I understand that as 50 milers go, its relatively easy. So, aside from the fact that its local, I think its a good choice for a first 50 miler. I can see a lot of hill training in my future this spring.
I'm finally back to running 5 days a week and averaging 30 mpw. I'd like to be up to 40 mpw by January and then slowly push it up to 50 mpw. That would be a new high for me. We'll see if these old bones can take it. But I don't think I can reach my potential on anything less.