On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Year's resolutions?

I've realized, as I've been thinking about it, that I have a rather ambitious year ahead of me if I carry out my race schedule as planned (or daydreamt, or fantasized, more appropriately). Time to put it into writing.

I'm doing this on my cell while lying in bed. I have to be at the airport in 4 hours for an early flight, so I may not have all the dates right.

24 January: Manhattan half

14 February: Fight for Air stair climb

28 February: Hyannis half

21 March: NYC half? (have entered lottery; not counting on it)

9 May: Bear Mountain half

20 June: Mt. Washington road race

August: Pikes Peak? (depends if I qualify in Jan/Feb or not*)

17 October: Mt. Lemmon marathon

8 November: NYC marathon

15 November: Richmond half... or full?

*to qualify, you must have run a 2:30 half or a 5:30 marathon. Both I've easily done in the past (in fact, I'm not sure I've ever run a half slower than 2:30! But, you must have done this in the past 5 years. Thus the uncertainty.

22 November: Flying Monkey Marathon

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