I've come out of Jemez Mountain feeling mostly warm and fuzzy about Leadville. I made it up climbs that were steeper than the steepest climbs at Leadville. Go me! My last four runs have been hill workouts, two of them in Colorado. I'm feeling strong, but something is definitely nagging me.
The biggest naggy thing is the elevation of Leadville - 10,200ft in town. 12,500? at Hope Pass. I'm planning on going out to Leadville at least a week before the race and that's pretty much my plan for dealing with altitude. I suffered from altitude sickness at Jemez and that race was several thousand feet lower. Ugh. So that's probably my biggest worry. My other attempt to deal with this is heat training. Yesterday I ran my campus hill repeats when it was 90+ degrees. I felt like I was back in CO. It was hard to breathe and I felt like barfing. All good signs! So I will probably keep doing that too.
The other thing I need to focus on is logging those miles. This ain't no 50k. So I need to start taking it seriously. No more of this 20-30 mile/week crap. There are only 80 days left until race day! I need to do some good long runs. I've also started running in the mornings, so some weekdays I will do two runs. The Lunar Trek 100k (July 15th) will serve as my last LONG run before I start tapering. I'm pretty excited about that one. At least the running-with-friends-at-night part. The race starts at 9pm, so at some point the sun will come up and I will remember it's July. And I won't be happy about it.
Well that's what's on my mind now. Nothing interesting or funny. So sorry. I'll work on it a little and get back to you.