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You Win Some, You Lose Some

Sadly, the Western States lottery gods did not smile upon me.

Truth be told, I couldn't feel too let down. It was my first time applying and I know so many people who have been trying to get in for years. I didn't really want it as much as they did. And I was so totally thrilled that my friend Robin got in, it honestly overshadowed my own fleeting disappointment.

I contemplated signing up for the Miwok 100k lottery. My friend Tracy had run it in 2014 and raved about the beautiful course. I was sold. With Western States out of the picture, I made my decision and registered. Hubz thought this was such a great idea that he applied too.

I knew getting into Miwok was also a long shot. I debated mailing in a registration for Laurel Highlands 70 miler just in case. But I held off.

On Friday, I got the good news - both Hubz and I got into Miwok 100k!

A view from the Miwok course

The course description reads: Very hilly (approximately 11,800 feet of cumulative elevation gain) with spectacular views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, Mt. Tamalpais, Tomales Bay and the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Now, we've got to get serious about our training. Four months is not that far away, and we've got some climbing in our future. 

Miwok 100k course profile

Mountains of Virginia, I'll be seeing a lot of you this winter!

So You're Saying There's A Chance!

For the first time ever, I applied to The Western States® 100 Endurance Race

I had a qualifier with my Vermont 100 finish, so I figured why not throw my name in the hat? 

This is by far the most expensive race I've ever entered. Should I be lucky enough to be chosen, my credit card will immediately be charged $393.42.

WS 2015 total tickets

Since it's my first year in the lottery, my odds are 1 in 6601.

That's a 4.7%
chance I'll get in.

Hubz is wildly excited about the possibility of me running Western States and says he has a good feeling about it.

Meanwhile, I'll be busy trying not to freak out.

If you've also applied, check out this post on 10 ways to distract yourself from lotteries!

Check back on Monday to find out if I got in, or watch it yourself.

The 2015 Lottery will be held December 6, 2014, 8:30 am PST.

Live results will be posted at ultralive.net

Live Video Feed at ultrasportslive.tv

Good luck to all my friends!