I had a pretty good running week last week, but the winter weather and lack of a specific goal have been feeling a bit ambivalent about running. I need to pick a 100 mile race for 2008 and sign up for it. The problem is that I am having trouble deciding. My criteria are influenced by 1) the limited number of races, 2) the need for it to be either just before or soon after school starts at the end of August, and 3) potentially limited time and funds for travel. Also, I want one that isn't at such a high elevation or involving so many hills that my likelihood of finishing is ridiculously low. Here are my possibilities, in no particular order:
Superior Sawtooth, Gooseberry Falls State Park, MN (September 7-8)
Burning River, Cleveland, OH (August 2-3)
Lean Horse, Hot Springs, SD (August 23-24)
Iroquois Trail, Buttermilk Falls State Park, NY (September 20-21)
After reviewing www.run100s.com those seem like the best possibilities while avoiding flying to California, being ready in two weeks, cooking in mid-summer the heat and humidity, and buying a stairmaster. I'm going to post a poll on the right. Let me know what you think!