Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Thinking Ahead . . .

Not much new to report. It’s Fall, it’s beautiful, and I am a little leery about getting out on the trails. Which really sucks. The weather is great today – it’s about 42 degrees out, cool, and the trees are awesome. And the hunters are out. Fortunately, right now it is bow season, which means the hunters are at least a little more careful about spotting their targets before they fire their weapons. And I think I can easily be distinguished from a deer before the marksman lets loose his arrow. The gunslingers, on the other hand . . . well, I sometimes think that they hear movement and fire without fully spotting the target. I have heard some scary stories. I don’t know the full set of hunting time-frames of arrows versus guns, all I know is that it is hunting season, which means be careful where you run until probably December.

So I have been doing some thinking about the future and what runs sound promising for the year to come. In 2010 I will be turning the BIG 4-0. This really hit home when I registered for my first race of 2010, The HAT Run 50K, and when it asked for my age on race day it was my first experience having to enter 40. Wow. One of my friends recently turned 40 and she celebrated her birthday with a gathering of friends to run a 40K. Nice idea; relaxed and just a great group of people celebrating life and running. So this got me thinking about how I want to celebrate my 40th. Somehow I want to celebrate life, running, and friendship. And then it hit me. How about a 100-miler with all of my friends? After running a few possible scenarios in my head I think I have finally come up with a very doable plan. One of my favorite running routes is a 9.5 mile loop starting & finishing at home. Home would be a great place to set-up the home-base aid station and I could run repeat loops, hopefully with the support of my friends joining me throughout the run for as many loops as they can tolerate – and hopefully there will be a few die-hards who will be willing to get me through the night! My birthday is in March which likely would not be conducive to the event, so I think I will likely be looking to the end of April or early May sometime. I am already way excited about doing this! I love the camaraderie at ultras but I despise those terribly high entry fees and the cost of travel and housing. This way it costs me very little, I have my own bed, shower, and toilet at close disposal, and Joe will finally get to run some of a 100 with me. What better way to start a new decade of life!

"Great people and great athletes realize early in their lives their destiny, and accept it. Even if they do not consciously realize the how, the where, the what." --Percy Cerutty

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