I didn't get picked for Western States and I'm fine with that. I ran it in 2007 and had a good time, but to tell you the truth I have more fun at the Vermont 100. I love the trails and remoteness of the course at Western States. But there's a lot to be said for the Vermont 100. There are always a lot of people I know at Vermont, either running or crewing or pacing. So the support I get while out on the course is awesome. I like the low key, casual atmosphere at Vermont. I'm not much for "hooplah" as I call it. I kind of think of Western States as the Boston Marathon of Ultras. And like Boston, you HAVE to do it at least once. I would have been glad if i got in for a second running at Western States, but I'm not disappointed that I didn't.
I am formulating a plan for events I want to participate in for 2010. I think the first big one on the list will be the Peak Snowshoe Marathon on March sixth. I like to have something on the horizon to work toward. So I need to get my long runs started up again. I'll get one in on either Monday or Tuesday this week. I'm looking forward to it.