Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Training has been erratic since JJ100. In fact, daily runs (not the gross type) have been few and far between. But the legs feel fresh and there is still plenty of room in the tank for Thanksgiving food and beverages. There are no more races in 2008 to worry about or prepare for....no more travel....just a good month and change to reflect on the year that was.
It is also a good time to start thinking about 2009. Trying my very best to not fall into the FOMO (fear of missing out) trap, the 2009 racing schedule is starting to take shape to look something like this :
January will kick off the new year with our annual family trip to Walt Disney World, which means, of course, I cannot pass up the Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge (1/2 Marathon on Saturday, followed by the Marathon on Sunday).
February and March will likely be pure training months, although Rocky Raccoon 50 Mile is an option and Caumsett Park 50k (being so close to home) is almost a certainty.
April will be all about the Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run.
May gets a bit tricky. There are several events that are options that are close to home. The New Jersey Marathon with my good friend Kristen is a go. The Long Island Greenbelt Trail 50k has been a regular for me, but, it will be on the same day in 2009 as the North Face Endurance Challenge at Bear Mountain (doing NF all depends on the course they choose for the 50-miler in 2009). A return to Pineland Farms for the 50-miler is a must (this is one heck of a race - registration opens December 1). Finally, we have already begun putting an ultra team together for the Ragnar 175 Mile Relay (from Woodstock to the Bronx, NY). It looks like May is shaping up to be a busy, busy month.
June, July and August are completely up in the air. I need think long and hard about putting in an application for Badwater. It comes with a tremendous time and monetary commitment. Turkey Swamp 50k (minus the lightning and thunderstorms) is a race that is surely worth heading back to.
September has two 100-milers that interest me. Of course, a third trip to the Grand Teton Races 100 Mile early in the month is appealing (it serves also as a nice family vacation). The end of the month will bring the first annual Hundred in the Hood (in Oregon), and with Olga as one of the RDs it should be a wild and crazy event.
October, Halloween day to be exact, may bring a return trip to Arizona for the Javelina Jundred 100-miler(which is taking place two weeks earlier in 2009).
Of course, we are only in a tentative planning mode (except for Goofy's Challenge, Umstead 100 and the New Jersey Marathon), so, I'm sure things will changes as the days and weeks progress.
I hope everyone has a HAPPY THANKSGIVING and eats and drinks more than their bodies can possibly handle !