Sunday, December 04, 2011

Non-Jogging and the Hardrock 100

Andrew and I spent our Thanksgiving weekend this year in Portland in the company of good friends, and excessive amounts of excellent food. I made it a point to get out on a few solid runs and was blessed with some great weather. (If it's not raining, Portlanders always walk out the door and declare it to be a beautiful day, even if it's overcast and gloomy. A beautiful perspective requiring many rainy days to cultivate, I'm sure.)

A beautiful day for running in the Columbia River Gorge

I also had the pleasure of joining Russ, Gary, and Carl for a guest stint on their podcast, 3 Non Joggers. I have to admit, it was pretty fun. 

If you're interested in listening to some running talk and quite a bit of goofing around, you can take a listen to episode #51 here in iTunes

And lastly: the Hardrock 100 lottery was today. Oh wow.


It's still kind of sinking in because truthfully, I never expected to get in. I actually had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to take things a bit easier this year after all the intense training for Western States last year. 

During my experience pacing Betsy at Hardrock, I kept telling myself the race was insane (And it is!) because even in the midst of it all I could feel my hidden desires to run it. It's like being attracted to the bad boy at school - you know he's trouble, but you just can't stop thinking about him!

I hesitated quite a bit over entering the lottery because I wasn't sure if I was really ready for this race. Then I realized that adventure is about doing things that hold a bit of uncertainty, and let's face it, Hardrock for me is more of an adventure than a race.

Besides, if I waited until I thought I was ready, I'd probably never sign up.

One of my most powerful motivators is fear, and I think it's safe to say that I will have no shortage of motivation for training this winter. The excitement is slowly growing already, and I am certain this will turn out to be the adventure of a lifetime.

Colorado, here I come! 

With Olga and Meghan in Silverton last summer.



  1. Hi Gretchen, I'm an old friend of Andy's from Prescott College. I was so looking forward to this announcement - congrats!! My friend Darcy Africa also got in so it will be a great spectator event for me. I really enjoy following your adventures on here. I listened to the podcast yesterday while enduring the treadmill for an hour - it was quite funny and you're a great sport. Good luck with training! Brooke

  2. Olga - Oh I'm so sorry you didn't get in!! I hope you will be out there again this year anyway - would be great to see you. (I'll let you know if I'm in need of a pacer.)

    Brooke - Awesome! Thanks for reading, and for listening to the podcast. I met Darcy briefly at Hardrock this year and she is super cool - not to mention a total badass! I think Andy will be coming out with me for the race, so we'll have to make it a point to hook up while in Silverton.

  3. Seems like this might be a case of your destiny choosing you rather than the other way around. At least a little bit. Very cool!

  4. Gretchen, I won't be coming. I am sure you'll find a whole bunch of people wanting to pace you out there! That was my last shot at HR:)

  5. I should clarify that I will only be an online spectator for Hardrock. Though I would love to meet you and hang out with Andy again someday. Best of luck!

  6. Gretchen, I lived in Portland for years. Everyone there is in denial about the weather. Love the attitude!

    Hardrock, Baby!!!!

  7. Yayayayayay! Hardrock! You live in a perfect place to train for this race, snow running, higher altitude, wicked vert accessible nearby. I can't wait to watch you have a go at The Beast.

  8. Congrats on getting into Hardrock, Gretchen! Very exciting!

    On the off-chance you might be interested in my race report from last summer:

    Have a fabulous time in the San Juans next July!


  9. Fan-freakin'-tastic! Can't wait to follow the build up. Get those Khatoola's dusted off for some winter miles.

  10. Stacy - That is more true than you know!

    Brooke - Ah well, online is fun too. :)

    Pam and Meghan - Thanks!!

    Marcy - I did read your Hardrock report last summer. Congrats, btw! I will probably be going back to reread details as part of my race prep.

    Hank - I will definitely be altering my training a bit this winter. Less driving down to the Western States Trail, more miles off trail up here at altitude. Should be fun!

  11. Belated congrats on getting into Hardrock!

    And it's always beautiful in Portland! :D

  12. Sarah - That's why you live in Portland and I don't. ;)