Long ago I had decided that I wouldn't register for any more races until after PCT. I had a few moments where I was tempted, but ultimately I kept to my word. Having not been able to run PCT, I was fired up to register for some races as soon as we returned to Portland. So I spent a good part of my Sunday afternoon working out my upcoming schedule:
9/15 Timberline Marathon - This is essentially the 2nd half of the PCT 50 miler. It will be a nice preview of the race for next year. In 2006, there was a freak storm and the start was snow covered. But it could just as easily be warm weather.
10/21 Sisters Poker Run (34 miles) - This is run on some of the same trails as the Peterson Ridge Rumble. Check out Glen Tachiyama's pictures from 2005. Pretty, huh?
11/3 Autumn Leaves - I've registered for the 50k, but I'm leaving open the possibility of bumping up to the 50 mile.
I had seriously considered the Firetrails 50 down in Calif., but would have had to make the trip by myself. I decided that I want to share my first 50 miler with my family, so I'm going to postpone Firetrails to another time, maybe next year.
I will likely also register for the Portland Marathon. I wanted to stay away from roads for awhile and the $90 registration fee certainly gave me pause. But I can't find anything else in early October to fill that gap. And with virtually no travel costs, $90 is probably a bargain.
In running news I still haven't been out since a week ago Tuesday. I finally started feeling like myself again yesterday. I'll give it a go on my regularly scheduled Thursday run tomorrow.