Monday, January 16, 2012

Unbreakable: The Western States 100

Last night, the hubby was playing League of Legends with friends, so I sat down to watch Unbreakable: The Western States 100. This documentary tells the history of this 100 mile trail footrace through the mountains of California juxtaposed with the story of the 2010 competition. I LOVE watching this stuff! The people who attempt the run amaze and inspire me, and those who compete to win are truly incredible. While I have no desire to run 100 miles, I do love putting myself in the runners’ shoes as they weave through the trees and bound down the switchbacks. Even in their exhaustion, you can see the joy in their eyes.

I had been thinking about signing up for the Fifth Third Riverbank Run 25k here in Grand Rapids in May. Since the marathon in October, I’ve been wanting to do a half marathon or similar distance race. But I wasn’t truly excited about the 5/3 run. Then, watching the Western States movie reminded me that I’ve also been wanting to do a trail half marathon for some time now. That’s the ticket!

I’m thinking about doing the Running Fit Trail Half Marathon on April 28 in Pinckney, MI. I’ve been there before; that’s where I did the Ann Arbor Triathlon a couple years ago. It’s a tough, but fun trail. It’s only a couple hours from home, and I can stay with my mom just a few miles away before the race. Oh, and it’s only $39 to enter until March.

I haven’t committed to it yet. I still need to decide if I want to spend February through April training for a race. But it’s kind of an exciting idea to me right now.

On a whole different topic, I went for a run yesterday on the bike path near my house. The path and all the trees and bushes were covered in snow. It was so pretty! If I get out there again today, I’ll take pictures.

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