Ok, first the blog name change.
I decided that I am a former midpacker so that shouldn't be in the name anymore. Maybe one day I will be there again but I just couldn't in good conscious finish at the back of the pack of a 50k and keep that in my title, maybe it's my sense of engineering ethics, the name has to match the content. Although, some of the strongest runners I have ever met are at the back of the pack. If you ever doubt it, go run with them. Then again what is a midpacker? I mulled over calling the blog "Westy's Running --- A Back of the Packer Misadventures" but decided it had too many characters. I thought about calling it "Westy's Running Misadventures" but it didn't seem right, so I went for the easiest. This is after all my page, it captures my thoughts, plans and adventures, they only turn into misadventures once and awhile :-)
The other race I forgot to mention is the Rock Creek 50k, run in Lake Perry State Park - Ozawkie, Kansas on October 26th. I wasn't to sure about the course so I emailed them and they got right back to me. Here is their course description:
"It is a two loop course with about 4,000 feet of total elevation gain. After the opening 1/4 mile, it's all single-track. The trail is somewhat technical in nature but still very "runable" with several long section that run even faster. Each loop has four aid stations with an additional aid station at the start/finish area. If you have any other questions please let us know."
Sounds like a decent course.
On a totally random note, here is a great running quote (picked up from another webpage), at least one I take to heart as I think about going for my first 50 miler.
“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” ----- Theodore Roosevelt