Monday, July 7, 2008

It's like one of those commercials

It goes like this:

Western States entry fee: $295
Plane ticket to WS: $310
Plane ticket for pacer to WS: $280
Training/prep costs: a whole lot of $$$
Vermont 100 entry fee: $200
Plane ticket to Vermont: $410
Car rental for Vermont: $350

Actually, getting to run a 100 miler this year: priceless (at least it damn well better be, lol)

I finally found out yesterday thanks to my wonderful twin, Linda that I got into Vermont! I am very excited and feel like I once again have purpose in my training, well....tapering. I am feeling excited, nervous and ready for the race. After not being able to do Western States, I was feeling at a lose of what to do next and where to focus my energy, especially being in the nether realm of not knowing if I would have a 100 to run. Linda called the race director for me since I am a phone-phobic sissy. Probably better since she was able to finesse the situation where I just probably would have been like, "give me the damn information already", well maybe not but at least I don't have to find out!

This week has been a whirlwind, as I adjusted to life at home with a precious puppy dog (pictures to follow, I promise) as well as finishing up my time at the library. I had a mixture of really great and really crappy runs this week, but I am taking it all in stride and just keeping my eyes of the prize which is a good run at Vermont. I just have to focus on getting my legs as fresh as possible and managing all the details for the run itself. I am pretty darn excited!

The food postings will be back once I actually have time to try new recipes. I have had enough time to still cook at home on a regular basis, but not enough time to play around in the kitchen or create new and exciting recipes. Hopefully over the summer I can go back to torturing you all with pictures of my delicious food. :)


  1. You are going to ROCK Vermont. No doubt about it. I am very excited for you.

    I have been too scared to total the $$$ spent on WS and now Headlands (my new goal). I think my husband would likely throw up if he saw it reduced to numbers!

    Enjoy the pup time!

  2. YAY! YAY! YAY! Sorry about the mon, hon. At least we don't have to pay to ship our bikes or other expensive gear. :0)

  3. You are going to crush Vermont! I did it last year as part of my SLAM, just took it easy, soaked up the scenary and forced walk breaks and still came in at 21:36. You who are soooooo fast, very fit and competitive will fly! Enjoy running with the horses. I am not a horse person but looooooved it. I actually felt like I had my own horse, running the same pace with all their manditory breaks. Lots of fun. I wrote a detailed report if you want it.

  4. Gas to Easton, WA: $9
    Cascade Crest 100 entry fee: $195
    Pacer: buy him a beer

    Just something to consider for next year :)

  5. I can't wait for:
    more pics of the pup
    see you rock out at vermont
    more kitchen fun
    you to come visit

  6. Vermont HERE WE COME!! I plan on using one of those horses as our crew vehicle... I can't wait to be a very small part of your first Century experience!

  7. You are going to do awesome at Vermont! Looking forward to hearing all about it. See you soon!

  8. I certainly hope my CCC runner doesn't buy me a beer, that wouldn't be very nice (or helpful to my tummy), unless of course its a very special gluten free variety....but I will be at CCC (to pace).

  9. Devon- hope you will have a great race at Vermont, glad that worked out. Now, please, please tell me what shoes to wear for CCC100??

  10. Mark Tanaka (Ultrailnakaman)July 14, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Ouch! Another reason maybe I'll hold off on ever asking someone to pace me. Audrey has a good idea with running locally and buying a beer. Congrats on finding another 100 miler relatively soon after the one that didn't happen. Good luck!

  11. Dev, so bummed about WS100 for you. :(

    BUT I was SO GLAD you got into Vermont! I was keeping my fingers crossed for ya :)

    I'm really looking forward to seeing how it goes for you. I'm so proud of how far you've come!!

    (also looking forward to more recipes....!)

  12. Glad to hear you got into Vermont! I was thinking maybe you would be joining us for TRT this weekend. We'll miss your speedy presence, but you are going to rock at Vermont. Can't wait to hear about it!

  13. The results are a little confusing, but it looks like you won?!?!?!? Amazing finish time. You are a rock star. I am going to name my first batch of kombucha after you.

  14. And boy, did you have it "priceless"!!!

  15. Way to go at Vermont!. . .I am the VESPA rep for North America and saw you had a great experience with VESPA in your May 26th blog...from what I can tell you used it correctly. Would like to communicate with you via e-mail.

    I also saw a comment on someone who is scared to use it (danni) and how people get sick etc.....know all about this and almost all the time it is from overfueling ....if you use VESPA you need to cut down on fuel exactly like how you did it in your blog....thanks again for getting out the positive on the stuff.....hope to hear from you soon.


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