Thank you Mohak. You're gonna love the tribute I pay you at the 50k =) Ok, I finally had surgery tonight to remove a cyst. I have to wait 9 days before they remove the stitches so that means no CrossFit and no running in that time because the Dr. does not want me to risk opening the wound and it getting infected. However, I am using that time to do low rep strength work and researching the muddy 50 mile course in April. Research has also included the best gear for trail running (shoes ,compression shorts, compression calf sleeves) I am fine tuning my technique and cross matching this years starters with last year's finishers to see who I am up against. The field is getting faster each year and I expect this one to be no different. I need to finish a sub 9:21 to place top 5 judging from last year but, like I stated before, they are getting quicker so 9:21 is the bare minimum. My training will no longer be half ass and last minute like last year. I will no longer settle for being an upper level mid pack runner. I am as obsessed as my heroes (Batman, Lance Armstrong) in prepping my mind and body for anything the trails throw at me. I want the runners that finish ahead of me at events to feel me.I want them to know they had to run at their absolute best to beat me. If I get beat, I want it to be in a way worth remembering. My way. Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it. This content is protected “When you win, you don't examine it very much, except to congratulate yourself. You easily, and wrongly, assume it has something to do with your rare qualities as a person. But winning only measures how hard you've worked and how physically talented you are; it doesn't particularly define you beyond those characteristics. Losing on the other hand, really does say something about who you are. Among other things it measures are: do you blame others, or do you own the loss? Do you analyze your failure, or just complain about bad luck? If you're willing to examine failure, and to look not just at your outward physical performance, but your internal workings, too, losing can be valuable. How you behave in those moments can perhaps be more self-defining than winning could ever be. Sometimes losing shows you for who you really are.” ― Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts Steve Prefontaine: There’s always someone trying to talk you out of what you believe in. Anybody. Everybody. Your own mother. Mary Marckx: Why is that, do you think? Pre: All I know, is that if you do believe in something, you tend to make people very, very nervous. Mary: Do you believe in God? Pre: I believe in myself.