Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lucky number 7!

I glanced at the Javelina 100M bid number so I could write it on my drop bags and was so excited I almost peed my pants!  I got number 7!  That is Bill and I's lucky number.  We were engaged on the 7th, got married on the 7th at 7 p.m. and have 7 small diamonds in our wedding ring.  We love the number 7!  I had to talk sense in to Bill when Alex was born because he wanted to name him Seven!  Anyway, we didn't request numbers so I just thought it was really cool!  I never get a low number because either the races are seeded or by last name.  So, I am kinda excited to wear this 7, can you tell? Since my training has been all over the map I am looking for all and any bits of excitement to counter the "What were you thinking talk track".

I booked my flight out of Arizona for Sunday at 11 a.m.  How's that for pressure?  I am either being cocky or efficient. Worst case, I will have to take another flight.  This may be the fastest trip ever.  Leave Friday, run 100M on Saturday and be back home to Oregon by dinner.

My plan for the race is...well I have no plan. I hope I don't get too hot, I hope my body holds up and I hope the hurt locker is padded.  There is a lot of HOPE in that sentence.  With such low mileage I have no idea what to expect so a good conservative approach will be best I think.  Last year I ran a hell of race there.  For me to run that fast at 100 miles was crazy and I felt great the whole race.  I should have given my laps 4 and 5 more effort.  Last year I had way more running and pounding on my legs though. I don't even think I looked at the hurt locker door for long. Maybe it was the Advil I took?

My lap splits last year were: Total time 20:07

Pretty even with the laps 5 and 6 being in the dark.  I hope I can get under 22 hours. I really like the format of this event and am excited to share the trail with friends.  The weather looks tolerable for this Oregonian. :)


  1. You are going to surprise yourself, Miss Seven! I love lucky numbers too, so props on this one. Have pacer/crew? Traveling alone? Run even, and give some pain to the last 2 loops!

  2. Rock on. You are going to do great. I'm feeling so much FOMO on my having to change plans and back out of JJ100. Feeling happy for you but sad for me at the same time. You are going to do great, you can't find a better crew/pacer than Michael to kick your butt around that course (not that you need it, but he is so amazing & awesome in fulfilling that role indeed) You have so much experience under your belt, and given the forecast for cooler temps, this should be cake for you. Focus on steady, run that strong 2nd half that you always seem to be able to pull off. I'll be cheering on all of you from afar! God speed and good luck.

  3. You are absolutely amazing! Go 7!

  4. Go Ronda! I am sure your years of ultra foundation building and your tough-as-nails psyche will get it done! Good luck, #7!!

  5. I am excited for you! That race looks really fun. I wish I was running it.

  6. I agree with Olga, I think you will surprise yourself and knock this one out of the ballpark! Will be thinking of you, go get it #7!