1. Death Race Camp #1- January 4-5. DONE. See blog entry here. I need to do at least 5 of these long, sleep deprived adventures before the real Death Race on June 21.
|Death Race Camp #1. 12 hours in. "Good Morning" with an axe ;)|
2. Death Race Camp #2- January 12. DONE. See blog entry here. One week after the DR Camp 1. I was whooped from the week before. Good lessons learned at that camp: pace the big trainings at least until you get close the June 21...then hammer down and train hard.
3. Winter Death Race- February 1. Volunteer. I get to watch the most amazing people push themselves in cold weather, be submerged in cold water, etc, for the weekend. Yes, this is fun to me. And, I get to see other incredible volunteers who will be participating in the Summer Death Race with me.
4. Peaks Ultra Half Marathon Snowshoe Race- March 2. I signed up for this back in July 2012. I just finished the Peaks 50K, recently addicted to new challenges and looking to find other Peak Races to try up in the coming year. I have never done a snowshoe race so I signed up. I figure a half marathon snowshoe race would would be a good ass whooping, especially on Joe's Mountain. 1200 vertical per loop, 2 loops. I may turn this into a Death Race training day. Not sure since I will have a 36 hour training the weekend before with my Death Race training partner.
|Peak Snowshoe Race|
5. Traprock 50K- April 13. Time to get away to hopefully a snowless New England state (CT) to run on trails! My friend mentioned this race and said, let's go, road trip. So, a few of us will be going down to run this 10 mile loop 3 times! Training started this past weekend...long runs on the weekends now for the next 10 weeks....mixed in with DR training during the week. (Remember to pace yourself, dummy!) I know other Vermonters from the ultra community will be going down too! They are accomplished runners so it will be fun to see other Vermonters tearing up the trails down there (Nick Yardley, Serena Wilcox, Heather Furman, and MA awesome runner, Michelle Roy).
5. Road to the Pogue 10K- May 11. A friend mentioned this as a fun 10k. It will be a nice change to do something like this in between Traprock and the next item...Peak Race 50 miler. (Wtf? Am I really going to do that?) No carrying water, just running fast and enjoying Mt. Tom in Woodstock.
|Road to the Pogue course map|
6. Peaks Ultra 50 Miler- June 1. Ok, so I signed up for this last June, just after I finished the Peaks Ultra 50k. As I crossed the finish line, Andy said, "how about the 50 miler? You have a whole year to train for it!" I almost punched him after just running/hiking for 10.5 hours but it stuck with me. So, while I was coming down from the high of finishing an ultramarathon (albeit, slow), I decided that this would be my A Race for 2013. But, that would change....in October 2012, after I completed the Spartan Beast Race, I decided to sign up for the 2013 Summer Death Race.
7. Summer Death Race- June 21-???? Here is my blog entry on why I decided to sign up for it. (I just had to reread it to see why I did sign up. Kidding.) Time to push myself to a place of craziness to see what I am about. Do I sit around and continue to be content with being inspired or perhaps inspire others? This is now my A Race of the year. All of these other things I have listed...these are trainings for the Death Race. Each will have its mental challenge of training for it and each will push me hard. Since the Death Race is #1 in my book for my goal for the year, I will do my best not to overdo it training and trying to finish these things. My goal is to get super strong, push myself mentally in these other races and take those experiences with me to the starting line on June 21.
|Death Race 2012. About to embark on an all night 20 mile trek|
on trails with kayaks
8. Moosalamoo Ultra- TBD (August, I think). Now that the Death Race sufficiently kicked my ass into oblivion, I would like to do the Moosalamoo Ultra again this year. I did the 15 miler last year and would probably stick to that this year just as a fun thing to do in August. No pressure. Just go out and hike and run and finish. Here is a recap of last year's race. It was so fun. I met some incredible people that day.
|Moosalamoo Ultra 2012 runners|
9. Spartan Beast Obstacle Race- September 21. Not sure about this one. I did this last year as my first obstacle course race. It was so fun!!! We will see. I may scrap this so I can have enough rest to do the next item.
|Spartan Beast! So fun.|
10. Circumburke Trail Race- October 27. 40k. Running in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont?!! Ok! I have never run up there. I was super close to doing this this year but decided not to. I would LOVE to run this. I hope I can fit it in somehow. Or maybe I can go run part of it. This is also a mountain bike race for those who may be interested.
|I am not a biker, but good pic of the race at Circumburke|
11. Run your Can Off- November. I LOVED this urban trail run last year!! I completed 23.5 miles and just ran and ran the loop for 5.5 hours. Did not have to carry alot of water or food really since it was a 1.3 mile loop. The temperature was so comfortable. Lots of cool people. A good way to end the year. It would be fun to finish out 2013 with this run again. What awesome people who volunteered and put on a great day!
|Finished Run your Can Off!|
Hope you can accomplish want you set out for, too!