If the miles behind me could be put into words before you, you would feel my efforts, my struggles, my desires. Most of all you would see my joy. Watch me from afar run the trails and hills and miles upon miles and you will see ...

Friday, December 18, 2009

Sign up begins

This Ultrarunning thing is getting more popular every year so I've hit the Visa hard lately and dropped cash on some events. I had to sign up for the Vancouver Marathon a few days ago to avoid paying even more in a few months time. Also there's the ever-present threat about "signing up early to get a guaranteed shirt size". I figure by doing the marathon my speed should be up and if I can wrangle a spot at Comrades I'll be flying (it's four weeks after Vancouver). The goal at the marathon is to bring my personal best down five minutes to sub-2:40. I'm still thinking of the Historic Half in Ft. Langley in February but am finding it hard to part with $68 for a godd*mn half marathon. I might do something that race but my placing may not be official, if you know what I mean (rhymes with "bandit").
I committed to the Fat Dog 100 mile in July. If that doesn't get me out the door, nothing will. The preliminary schedule looks like this:

Feb - Historic Half (?)
Mar - Dirty Duo 25k
- Chuckanut 50k
Apr - Diez Vista 50k(if I get the entry in on time)
May - Vancouver Marathon
-Comrades Marathon 89k, South Africa (hopefully get an application accepted in early Jan, will post when I know, if I don't get in, see below)
June - Australian 100k Championships (if Comrades falls through)
July - Fat Dog 100 mile, Keremeos to Manning Park
Aug - Stormy 50 mile, Squamish
- Tour de Mont Blanc 166k, France
Sep - Spartathlon (ha! just kidding. Not in 2010 anyways)
Nov - 100k World Championships, Gibralter

Pretty big mix of road and trail but might as well be decent at all distances rather than excel at any one distance.

1 comment:

Gary Robbins said...

YES to FAT DOG! I'll be there cheering you on late in the race at the bestest aid station ever!!