I’m starting to think about MdS as a restful vacation with a bit running thrown in. I’m not underestimating the desert...
Grand Suckle Slam! (no TM)Liza
So I’ve been following Nick Clark and Ian Sharman’s amazing Grand Slam exploits — because that’s what you do when your belly is too big for your back and you can’t run. I’ve also followed the Grand Slam TM drama.
And then I was e-mailing a couple of friends tonight and thinking about how it was going to be challenging to run a PR at Rocky this year when I won’t be able to really start training hard until November — and I’ll need to stop to nurse during the race.
And then it all came together. I need to start the Grand Slam of Breastfeeding. Breastfeeding Grand Slam? The Grand Suckle Slam!!
So according to the page on Stan Jensen’s website the “Grand Slam of Ultrarunning™ award is recognition for those who complete four of the oldest 100 mile trail runs in the U.S. The “Slam” consists of officially finishing the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, the Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run, the Leadville Trail 100 Mile Run and the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run all in the same year.”
Here’s what I’m thinking for the Suckle Slam.
Rocky, Umstead, Badwater, and Leadville. Rocky because I have a PR to settle there. Umstead because I’ve always wanted to run it, and if I don’t settle the PR score at Rocky, I might be able to do it at Umstead. Badwater because that’s the ultra you eventually run when you find yourself living in a place like San Antonio, Texas and it’s still hitting 100 degrees in September. And Leadville because they rolled my entry to 2014 when I told them I’d be 8-months pregnant in 2013 and I’m frugal.
Now I didn’t actually get into Umstead today despite trying to register 700 times, but they do have a few spots reserved for a few women who think they can run under 17 hours, so I’m going to see if I can still still get in under that speedy clause. I’ll also tempt them with the opportunity of becoming involved in the Suckle Slam. And it does seem like Badwater slammers should have to use a breast pump — so as not to endanger tiny babies in the desert.
And if all this falls through, I’ll just start a FKBFT website.