For 2013, the theme is RUGGED.
The races themselves will have rugged components like definition 1 and, like definition 2, I will react by becoming rugged to match the terrain I'll be running. By the end of 2013, I'll be rugged - "strongly made and capable of withstanding rough handling." Withstanding rough handling. For someone who strives to keep doing multiple ultramarathons a year, those are powerful words.
I thought over the last couple months about the "need to compete." It's easy to feel like you NEED to go do all 50 milers after you do your first, or, more appropriately, your first 100 mile race. I struggled with this, letting go of what others feel like they and you need. I don't have a big interest in doing a 100 mile race. And right now I feel like I have a lot of experience to gain and speed to be found in the 50K distance. The 50K is not "just 5 miles more than a marathon." On a non-technical course, it's still 7+ hours out there weathering the elements. On a hard course, it can be 10+ hours enduring. That's not just a little over a marathon.
So in 2013, I plan to complete at least 5 50K races and 1 50 Mile race. More detail in a race calendar post soon. But it kinda looks like this...
- Weathered the mud, rocks, and sotol cactus of Texas desert at Bandera 50K
- Complete my second 50 Mile race at Rocky Raccoon
- May will bring a 50K through woods with terrain described as "craggy foothills"
- June brings rugged mountains of Wyoming where the terrain and the altitude will meet to give me a hard time
- July has altitude plus climbs with constant up and downhills on a challenging course.
- September will be the most memorable I am betting as I traverse lava and pumice fields in an area not actually open to the public with a tiny race field on terrain that will look like the surface of Mars.
This year I will gain experience, amazing time on my feet doing what I love, beautiful sights and memories, and I will be made rugged by it!