As you probably are unaware, I recently hit the big 3-0. It was a great celebration complete with donuts, bowling, and a brief mid-life crisis.
Like any motivated individual, I wanted a big goal to start looking forward to the next year - the thirtieth year of my life. My original idea (I'll be the first to say it, there's nothing "original" about this age-number play.) was to run thirty races at age 30. So like, a five-k every weekend I didn't have something else to do. My sister reminded me you have to pay for these things.
Solution #1: thirty races in my thirties. Boring.
Solution #2: thirty marathons in my thirties. Holy asphalt, no.
Solution #3: thirty marathons or ultras in my thirties.
Number 3 was the most viable solution for like two days. And then I realized I would either have to only take one race seriously per year or get seriously re-injured. Actually I think you have to have recovered in order to technically get "re-injured" so just furthering the injury is a more appropriate wording.
You see, math people, thirty of anything in ten years is three of said thing per year, on average. And there is such thing as too much of such a good thing.
So I contemplated my options and made my final decision. Drum roll... thirty half marathons, marathons, and ultras in my thirties, with the added caveat of not repeating a race. <Cymbal crash.>
Thirty UNIQUE races. Ideally, I would finish one race of each distance in each year. However, this may not always be possible so I am not going to get hung up on it. I at least will 1 race marathon distance or further, but injuries can be a bitch and I will listen to my body.
I already have ideas about which races I want to do in the first year. In fact, I have the first one lined up. More to come. I am actually thinking I might hit my three races by May 1 and then have some time off before training for a 2016 fall ultra...
I am very much looking forward to chronicling my training and races along with the motivation peaks and valleys that come with a decade-long goal.
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