Tuesday, May 5, 2015

14th Howl at the Moon 8-Hour Ultra

I have 94 days until the Howl at the Moon 8-Hour race. Over 300 runners circling a 3.29 mile loop course for 8 hours under the summer sun in central Illinois. What's not to love?  It's always my favorite race of the year! This will be my 14th Howl. Here are my current statistics based on the last 13 years...

Total race mileage: 551.31
Average mileage: 42.41
Lowest mileage: 33.9 (2010)
Highest mileage: 47.06 (2006, 2008)
Best placing: 12th (2005)
Worst placing: 99th (2010)

Last year did not go well. You can read about that experience here. With three months to go, I can train correctly for this year's race. It still won't be easy (it never is), but it could be a great race year if I get in the long runs between now and race day on August 8. I am trying for a new PR (47.06+ miles). For now I'll shoot for 48 miles, but I dream of 50 miles. No matter what happens, this will be my 100th ultra/marathon. That's a huge milestone for me. 

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