January is in the books, and the training went much better than expected. For the month, I managed 37 hours of running (ran on all 31 days) and about 10 hours of walking for a total of 258 and 38 miles respectively. I also did about 15 hours of other activity (lifting and yoga). I have finally stumbled upon a leg routine that is keeping my hamstring issues in check, though I decided to not push things too much with any faster flat running last month.
February will hopefully see me start to do more structured training as I get ready for my first real race in over a year - the Way Too Cool 50K for which I'm incredbily psyched. Obviously it goes without saying that the only reason for me to run WTC is to get an entry into WS. So there you have it; I've decided to run WS again to get that monkey off my back (2 injury DNFs)!
I don't like anything about WS (the weather, the dust, the crazy entry fee, the hype) but the fact remains that it is the "big one" and I'd hate to miss out on what looks like the most competitive field ever. The previous 2 times I raced WTC I went out at an insane pace and led for much of both races before falling apart on the big hill at 26 miles and ending up way behind the winners (Dave one year and Phil the other) in 2nd and 3rd. This year it will be all about running smart; 3rd place is a win - but 4th would suck!