Next weekend I will be heading back up to Oregon for some unfinished business at Waldo 100K. Last year I made the same trip and left with my first DNF due to a bum knee 16 miles in. The overwhelming disappointment of needing to drop has since been imprinted in my head and with things seeming to be firing on all cylinders right now, i’m excited to run hard with some great people and to see the whole course. I am not only headed back to finish what I didn’t accomplish last year, but also because this race has an amazing atmosphere with great people.
Waldo 100K starts at the Willamette Pass Ski Resort and runs 62.5 miles climbing 3 major peaks (Mt. Fuji, The Twins, and Maiden Peak), each boasting a climb of 2,000+ ft with 2 other minor climbs of 1,000+ ft. Total elevation gain for the course is 11,000ft. It is ran between an elevation of 5,000ft and 8,000ft, so not at extreme altitude but enough for us Sea Level runners to be cautious about.
Since my 3rd place finish at San Diego 100, I have spent a lot of time listening to my body as it recovers. Which means, I have been extremely conservative with my training. The last 3 weeks I geared up a bit and focused on speed, climbing, and downhills in shorter distance training runs (10-18 miles) getting one good volume week in two weeks back of 87 miles. Hopefully this has given me the kick I need to run with the handful of fast guys that will be at Waldo (Jessie, Joe, Dan, Jacob, and Gerard to name a few). During the last few weeks I also threw in a 1/2 Marathon w/ 2K vert, my first race in two years shorter than 30 miles. It was nice to walk away with a win! I’d like to do that more often.
The past few weeks have been some great running and not so great running with some crazy life changes filling in the gaps. Regardless, my running continues to provide me moments where I can think free of distraction and get clarity.