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The journey is starting

Stewmanji

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My life has slowly been changing since 2012 when I was in pure Ironman training , and everything I did was on the road .  It ' s tough to describe where most of you may have stopped hearing from me , but as a quick summary , I finished Ironman Wisconsin in 2012 .  After that , I went through a huge depression with a job that was not only not challenging me , but also , left me feeling like every day was the worst day ever .  Anyways , I found the trails to be my outlet .

By 2014 , I decided that I wanted to complete a 100 mile race .  I entered the Leadville 100 lottery , and I was denied .  I took this as an opportunity to work backwards and work up to that distance slowly .  By 2015 , I ran Superior 50 in Lutsen , MN .  The SHT ( Superior Hiking Trail ) gave me all I could handle that year , and I realized my decision to take a step backwards was the correct one .  Since then , I ' ve completed three more 50 mile races , and four 50k ' s .

 

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The trails have claimed me .  They call to me . I dream about them .  I get nervous about not being out there .  I also made a pact on December 22 , 2016 , to continue into a streak until I complete that 100 mile race .

I have spoken to my better half , and she has fed me with confidence that we ' re ready to attack this huge distance .  I haven ' t announced it to anyone but the Loop currently .  I have spoken to my coaches about it , and they ' ve all given me the feeling that I ' m on track to do this .  Here ' s me once again announcing my bid for 100 miles on foot .  Next year , I ' m going to sign up for two different 100 milers in the Minnesota area in hopes to bat 500 .  It ' s scary ! But I ' ve often been heard saying if it doesn ' t scare the s *** out of you , it ' s not worth doing .

Anyways , the two races are Zumbro 100 ( in April ) and Superior 100 ( in September ).  Superior is a lottery , so there ' s no guarantee I ' ll get in , so if very well only be a single bid next year as well .  Zumbro will be six , 16 . 7 mile loops .  Superior has my heart and is 103 . 3 miles of point to point running in some of the most technical trails I ' ve ever attacked .  I have a few Loopsters in mind to ask to pace and crew me , but I haven ' t even asked them yet .  Anyways , I ' ll leave it there for now .  Hopefully , I post before I click that entry button in November .

As always , run strong and never give up !

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Excited , scared , hopeful , apprehensive ... you may be all of these things now , but when the time comes ( whenever that may be ) you will be one more thing : READY .

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That ' s one hell of a goal , but building up to it like you did seems like the best way to attack it . Think you ' re up to the challenge , and look forward to following along . Kick some ass !

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@Gonzo Runner  I feel prepared mentally and physically to train for it .  It ' s the distance that is the elephant in the room .

 

@mattw  Yes , big and hairy , but it ' s worthwhile .

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I can ' t decide if I like your way of replying to comments with the @ or the quoted way . Former seems cleaner , latter keeps the responses together . Haaalllppp

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I ' m sure you ' ll be ready when the time comes ! And no need to be scared .

Go for it mate !

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One thing I ' ve learned about you , Stew - you always go big . Best of luck .

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" After that , I went through a huge depression with a job that was not only not challenging me , but also , left me feeling like every day was the worst day ever "

Sounds like your running life is in a great place ! Hope your work life has followed suit .

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1 hour ago, dave.schultz said:

One thing I ' ve learned about you , Stew - you always go big . Best of luck .

Go big or go home ! I hope that we can enjoy and finish this goal together .

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1 hour ago, Moose said:

I ' m sure you ' ll be ready when the time comes ! And no need to be scared .

Go for it mate !

I hope you ' re right .  Only time will tell , I guess .

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Best of luck ! 100 is a big one ( from what I ' ve seen , not that I ' ve ever done it !) but I ' m sure you ' ll be able to tackle it !

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@AlliKate  Thanks for the encouragement !  The journey isn ' t easy , but I ' ve learned that if you want it bad enough , you ' ll find a way .

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Your streaking journey has been a fun one to follow . Keep enjoying them trails !

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I ' m looking forward to reading about your journey . I ' m pretty sure I ' ll never be an ultra guy . Lots of respect to that genre , though . Good luck

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Wowsers ... my head is spinning at the thought of a 100 miler let alone whatever it is you ' re planning that ' s bigger than that ! Best of luck & I ' ll enjoy reading about it no doubt .

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