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Western States 2011 and Other Excitement

Posted by on Dec 5, 2010 | 9 Comments

This weekend, I was selected in the 2011 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run lottery.  I won the opportunity to run 100 miles starting June 25th.  For those that are not familiar with the race, it is more or less the Boston Marathon of the ultrarunning world. I’m pretty sure parts of this video are from the WS course:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_362jQVXK8k&feature=related

Even better:

http://vimeo.com/4600647?pg=embed&sec

It gives me goosebumps every time I watch it…

The lottery represented the official end of my off-season.  It’s time to kick my candy habit, begin crosstraining, and begin base-building.  I’ll be sharing plenty of training details in the coming weeks.

My future plans were hinging on the lottery.  Now that this unknown is resolved, everything else can begin falling into place.  It is an exciting time for my family as we prepare to embark on some great adventures!

In other news, I just completed a great video series that will help teach good running form.  It was a ton of fun and I had the opportunity to meet some great people.  The videos will be available for viewing in early February.

On that note, I think I found my new obsessive hobby- videography.  Anyone have any good ideas on methods to learn more?

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9 Comments

  1. Jen
    December 6, 2010

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to hear all about your training and the actual race! And Feb seems like a long time away. I’m excited to see your videos. Your strategy for footwear for the race seems like a good plan. Again, congrats!

  2. Boris Terzic
    December 5, 2010

    Congrats! That sounds like an awesome time.

  3. Kate (KittyK)
    December 5, 2010

    Congratulations – you know we will ALL be cheering you on, either at the race or virtually!

    I thought it was funny about the videography – I was just looking at small video camera’s I could take with me so I could blog at events and stuff :) “Great minds think alike and Fools never differ” as my Mum would say. Which are we?

  4. Ramblin' Dan
    December 5, 2010

    So very cool! Congratulations! Can’t wait to hear more.

  5. Chris
    December 5, 2010

    Congratulations on the WS100 lottery win. You’ll do great. All the barefoot & minimalist running folks are behind you.

    -Chris

  6. Barefootjake
    December 5, 2010

    Jason, that’s awesome. Now the real question: Will you run the whole thing barefoot?

  7. Russ Taylor
    December 5, 2010

    Awesome, I’m excited to hear all about it. Congratulations!

  8. Rob
    December 5, 2010

    Congrats!!

    Are you going out with the goal of all 100 barefoot? Or do you have some shoe choices lined up, like the 190s?

    Rob

  9. John R.
    December 5, 2010

    Congratulations. Will be looking forward to reading about your training and racing.