Saturday, October 17, 2009
GAME ON. I have been selected to run in the 2010 Brazil 135 Mile Ultramarathon, along with 12 other runners from the United States, including Brian Krogmann, Lisa Smith- Batchen, Andy Jones-Wilkins, Jarom Thurston, Ray Sanchez and Ken Posner. Jarom has already run BR135 twice, speaks fluent Portuguese, and has signed on to be the "unofficial tour-guide".
With an elevation profile that looks like my typical heart-rate graph, the Brazil 135 is hel in the Serra da Mantiqueira mountains in the state of Minas Gerais. It is by far the most difficult foot race in Brazil, and is run on the hardest, most challenging segment of the Caminho da Fe (Path of Faith or Way of Faith), the most difficult Brazilian pilgrimage path. This 135 miler features over 30,000 feet of cumulative ascent and 28,000 feet of cumulative descent. Of the 135 miles, a mere 10 are on "flat" surfaces. It is said that completing the BR135 course is analogous to climbing up and down Mount Everest.
Brazil 135 Elevation Profile
I will continue to raise funds for The Challenged Athletes Foundation. However, for the Brazil 135, we will also be raising money to build a gymnasium for Casa Nossa Senhora do Bom Conselho (House of Our Lady of the Good Counsel), a mission (operating under the auspices of The Religious Teachers Filippini) located in the city of Miracaty in the State of Sao Paolo, devoted to helping children from low-income families. More information about this great cause will be posted soon, and any support will be greatly appreciated.
There is not much to report on the Chicago Marathon last weekend. The conditions were ideal. After putting in a solid 1:45:00 first half, the last 4 miles or so were more about getting the legs (tired and heavy from the Vermont 50 2 weeks prior) to the finish line, and I crossed with a decent time of 3:44:36. This weekend was more about spending time with good friends than anything else, and I had an absolute blast with Kristen, Sal, Kristen's Mom, and Lance.
2009 has been a particularly challenging running year (especially considering the amount of travel involved), one that seems to have been dominated by F.O.M.O. (despite the good Bryon Powell's warnings). With 2 1/2 months to go in the year, I have already surpassed the total mileage run in 2008. By the time 2009 is finished, I will have run 4 races of 100+ miles (Rocky Raccoon 100, Umstead 100, Badwater 135 and Javelina Jundred 100, at least 2 of which - hopefully 3 - will be sub-24 hours), 4 50-milers (Pineland Farms, Grand Tetons, Vermont and Stone Cat) and 6 events at the 50k or marathon distance. Thankfully, I have been (so far) injury free, but it is time for a break, and 2010 will not be (so I say today) as crammed with races. Yet, 2010 will kick off with an incredible challenge and journey at the Brazil 135.