When I originally started this blog, I wanted to target the Mohican 100 as my first 100 mile run in mid-June 2017. However after giving this some thought recently, I decided to instead focus on the Indiana Trail 100. And that has me excited.
Seriously – I’m excited about Indiana! Yeah, I didn’t think I’d ever utter those words …
Why the change?
I want to push this Western States goal. Yes, I want to run a couple of 50 milers before moving up to a 100, but I wanted to run a 100 mile race sooner vs. later. Thus, I started poking around at the WSER qualifying list to see which races were early in the year. And I found that the Indiana Trail 100 was in April – and a qualifier.
I see a few benefits to this …
- This ideally sets up up to run a couple of 100 milers next year – Indiana and possibly Hallucination.
- The Indiana Trail 100 is closer to home, making the weekend ideally less impactful to my family.
- The course appears to be less technical than Mohican. Ideally good for a first 100 miler.
The downside though …
- The course appears to be less technical than Mohican. The Mohican course looks sweet, but I’ll pass on that if it allows me the potential to get in a couple 100s next year.
I would still love to run Mohican. Perhaps in 2018? I know the chances are very slim that my name will be drawn for Western after only one qualifying race. Thus, there will likely be other years I’ll need to qualify.
What race are you most excited for in your future?