1. Complete an ultra trail run (50k or longer)
Today, over my lunch time, I had my first run of the year. I am lucky to have found a few running buddies that work near my office and we are able to crank out a 5 mile run during my lunch hour. Winter mornings are dark and cold in January, so it is especially nice to have a noon time run. Also having others to run with helps get me out the door when my lazy self would choose to watch old 30 Rock episodes on Hulu or the Guild on Geek and Sundry (actually these are so short I sneak them in during my stretches or wolfing down my post run peanut butter sandwich).
My running buddies are ultra runners and dedicated trail runners. Therefore they don’t question my mental health when I talk of running a 50k (31 mile) trail run. But, yes, my husband, various relatives, coworkers, and a myriad of friends and acquaintances think the idea is absurd. And to be honest, I think so too. However, I am not deterred by absurdity and find this character only makes the idea more appealing. A 50k is longer than a marathon, by about 5 miles, but somehow the unfamiliar quality of the metric system makes 50k seem less intimidating.
Since I currently have a good running base and winter is a better time to train in Oklahoma than the summer, I have picked a spring event to run. I start my official training plan next week for the Lake McMurtry Trail Run on April 6.