47. I’m 47 today. Doesn’t bother me much, except when I think about the number. Just seems kind of high, doesn’t it? I had more trouble processing 30 than I have other ages. Thirty was “grown-up” time. It signified to me that youth was at an end, and adulthood and responsibility and hair loss was eminent.
I thought it might be fun to work up an intermediate bucket list of things I’d like to run someday.
In no particular order, these are the races/distances I want to do in the near future:
1. Run a 100-mile race
Yes, I swore to myself after crewing at Burning River that I would never ever, ever, do a10-mile race. the smell alone was enough to scare me straight. But the ore I get into ultra and learn about the transformative experience that a 100 becomes to a person, the more I’m willing to commit to the effort. Obviously, Pinhoti in my back yard or Lake Martin nearby, are on the sub-list.
2. Run 50-mile and 100K races
Kind of a no-brainer if I plan to do a 100. But I want to mark them off the list and experience this initial step toward 100.
Yah. I still want to qualify for Boston, but unlike 2010-2011, I no longer see every marathon as a do-or-die BQ event. I put a great deal of pressure on myself in that 56 week period where I races 5 marathons. I ended that phase mentally toasted and physically tired. I’ve lost a little edge since then, but I needed to step back, relax, smile, and let BQ come when BQ comes.
4. Run one or more of the great city marathons: NY, Chicago, London, Rome
I’ve done San Francisco, which I argue must be considered alongside the other big city races. It doesn’t get its due. Great city great race. But I also want the experience of running through some of the other big cities and soaking in the culture by foot.
5. One of the great multi-day events
I’ve become fascinated with stage races, multi-day endurance challenges that test you beyond a finite distance or time on one day. Something like the Transalpine Race or the Trans-Rockies. I’ll do some of the local stage races: Birmingham Stage Race and Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race.
6. Run across a state.
These types of formal-informal events are becoming more common. I heard an Ultra Runner Podcast interview with a guy who ran across Tennessee. The stories he told were funny and inspiring. Running across Alabama maybe? Perhaps one should start with a thin state then move up to a fat state?
7. Run a half or full with my one or both of my sons
Goes without saying, I suppose. I’ve run with them for shorter races. Those remain my most cherished running moments. When your child wants to do something you are passionate about, well, the feeling is indescribable.