Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Lazy Man's Recovery

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 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 !


  1. Sounds like a busy schedule. Hopefully we can meet up for the Hundred in the Hood (I'm working on that one). Plus, I'll probably play Sherpa duties to someone at Javelina in the wee hours.

    Have a great Thanksgiving!!

  2. I can't believe you can do Goofy's challenge. To me, that seems incredibly difficult. But it is a cool medal.

  3. Find something down this way please!

  4. If you're looking for a 50k in early January that's close to home, take a look at the Watchung Winter Ultras in NJ. Here's the link:

  5. Downtime is great huh? What about doing the VT100 in July?

    Have a great Turkey Day!

  6. Sounds like a ton of fun. I hope to meet up with all of you at one of your stops in 09!

  7. I noticed that Umstead is closed already. Are you already registered?? Amazing how many crazy people there are out there now that want to run a hundred miles! What is this world coming to? Peace!

  8. My April and May plans are a bit of a challenge as well, whew, crazy. Too many good races and not enough time. Have a great time and I hope you follow through with what we talked about on the trail at Javelina - get some good rest, not just for the ol bod but also for the mind. No guilt trips for not being out there pounding the miles. Let it all hangout Tony, let it all hangout. Hope to reunite with you sometime in O9, maybe VT100 or Hundred in the Hood. Thanks for introducing me to the other east coast kids now I totally want to come and visit.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family.

  9. love the 2009 race ideas. Cannot believe that the Goofy Challenge is right around the corner. I had the absolute best time, and know you will again. I am considering Rocky racoon (you can pace me after the 50?) except need to work out Florida vaca plans with family -Feb 7-14 is or school winter break. Definately will be at Caumsett park and NJ marathon
    and Pinelands ---summer up in the air. And javelina...hum.

  10. Anthony,

    I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!

    That is an impressive race calendar! By the way I think you are run-stalking me early next year (Goofy then Umstead). And I am afraid of you because I hear you stomp on peoples toes who get in your way.

    I will keep my fingers crossed for you with respect to Badwater.


  11. I've been eyeballing the NJ. It would mean I would have to start training . . .in umm like in a couple days though LOL