Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Looking Ahead to 2010

Ah, December.  A time to reflect on the year gone by, and to look ahead to the year to come.  You can always find some great new year's quotes, like the unknown author who wrote, "Many people look forward to the new year for a start on old habits."  Or how about "A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other."  I tend to like a few in particular:

"New Year's Resolution:  To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time." - James Agate

"I made no resolutions for the New Year.  The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me." - Anais Nin

"Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on new Year's Eve.  Middle age is when you're forced to." - Bill Vaughan

I like December because it signals a time for me to start planning ahead for the next year's races (well, I really should be planning my family vacations, but it always seems that they revolve around some race).  I've already signed up for a few races, and have some others on the radar.  So far things are looking a bit like this :

January, as has been the case since 2005, will begin in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World with the Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge (1/2 Marathon on the 9th and Marathon on the 10th).  Yes, it will be the sixth consecutive trip to Disney for these events (6 marathons and 3 1/2 marathons).  More astonishing is the fact that it will be the sixth trip to Disney for my 7 and 8 year olds - I don't know of any other 7 and 8 year olds that have been to Disney 6 times.  Next stop in January, just 2 short weeks later, Brazil and the Brazil 135 Mile Ultramarathon ("BR135").  Part of the Badwater World Cup established to, among other things, set the "Badwater Distance" of 135 miles as the standardized distance worldwide, and to encourage runners to challenge, and learn from, themselves in epic races in exotic, extreme conditions, BR135 is run on the hardest segment of the Caminho da Fé, the most difficult Brazilian pilgrimage path.  The course consists of about 30,000 feet of cumulative ascent and 28,000 feet of cumulative descent.  With only 10 flat miles in the race, every second of the 60-hour time limit is precious.

The addition of BR135 to the racing schedule means that there will be no return trip to Rocky Raccoon in 2010 (February 6).  In fact, February looks to be a month used to gear up for March, which will include the Caumsett Park 50k and another go at the Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run.  There is no doubt that I will return to the Pineland Farms 50 Mile in May (already signed up).  They have now made this a two day event, with a 10k, 5k and Barefoot 5k taking place on Saturday, May 29.  The Canicross Race has been moved from Sunday to Saturday, allowing the 50 Mile, 50k and 25k runners to have the trails to themselves on Sunday.  Another great thing about May is that I will head back to the Keys 100 for some crewing and pacing.  In 2009 I had the honor of pacing Brittni Radford to her first 100-mile finish at the Keys 100 (see "2009 Keys 100 Mile - The Journey of Brittni Radford"), and in 2010 I will head back to pace a friend in his first attempt at the 100-mile distance.

Ok, so now it is time to admit that my name is in the lottery for the Western States Endurance Run ("WSER") in June.  Even if I am lucky enough to get in (lottery drawing will be held on December 5, 2009), my (hopeful) plans for July will likely make this difficult to swing.  Then again, if I am one of the 1,685 runners that applied for WSER to actually get in, would I then have to consider the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning ?  Probably not.  It is more likely that the Vermont 50 in September, Javelina Jundred (100) in October, and Stone Cat 50 Mile in November will be a part of the plan.  There is also a shot at doing the Vermont 100 in July depending on how things turn out.

So, tentatively, the list is taking shape.....and is always subject to changes/additions/deletions, etc.....

Jan. 9 - Walt Disney World 1/2 Marathon
Jan. 10 - Wald Disney World Marathon
Jan. 23 - Brazil 135 Mile Ultramarathon
Mar. 7 - Caumsett Park 50k
Mar. 27 - Umstead 100
May 2 - New Jersey Marathon ??
May 15 - Keys 100 (pacing)
May 30 - Pineland Farms 50 Mile
July - ?????
Aug. - Turkey Swamp 50k
Sept. 26 - Vermont 50 Mile
Oct. - Javelina Jundred (100)
Nov. - Stone Cat 50 Mile


  1. Cool!

    Conspicuously missing: grand teton races?

    I'll see you at Umstead, and maybe at Caumsett as a volunteer (too much asphalt to run it.) Turkey Swamp is a tradition for me at least as a volunteer, and I'm thinking really hard about Javelina, too..

  2. Hey Steve. GTR is still a possibility. It all depends on how much the wallet can bear. If we do it again it will be another family trip.

    For sure I'll see you at Umstead. You will enjoy it.

  3. Wow, sounds like 2010 will be very busy for you!

  4. Look forward to joining you at a few of these and training with you at Rockies and Bear Mountain for them all.

    Ready for lots of great running in 2010. Peace

  5. umm I was thinking I will do two 5k walks for 2010' -- LOL I hope u will still be my friend :-)

  6. Planning the next year is so much fun. I've been finalizing my list too the past few days (although it's not nearly as impressive as yours.) Looking forward to hearing how Brazil goes.