For 2013, I qualified and entered the lottery for the Western States 100. This is the most prestigious and well-known 100-miler in the country. My boyfriend and I have become good friends with Gordon Ainsleigh, the man who "invented" this race and is known as the godfather of ultrarunning. It is a race with a lot of history, so I'm looking forward to running it someday. Thousands of people enter the lottery, so if I get picked this year, I will be running it in 2013.
If I don't get into Western States, my boyfriend and I will be driving from San Diego to Alaska, and spending the summer running trails in Alaska and exploring the area. There is an elite ultrarunner named Geoff Roes who we hope to run with.
To ring in the New Year, I am registered for a race called Across the Years. I will be running for 72 hours right through the New Year. I will break for a few minutes at midnight to toast and celebrate the New Year, then continue running. There are buckles awarded for 100 miles, 200 miles, and the ever-impressive 300 miles covered over 72 hours. I would be thrilled to get 200 miles, but will definitely cover at least 100. I ran this event last year, and it was unforgettable.
We are also planning another trip to the Grand Canyon for a Rim to Rim to Rim run. This covers close to 50 miles, running from one rim to the other, and back again. I did this last year and it was one of the most beautiful runs I have ever done in my life.
My main goal for 2013 is to find more consistency in my running, rather than following the haphazard nature of the last few years. I will run a minimum of five days per week and set lofty, yet achievable performance goals.I plan to achieve this by holding myself more accountable and asking my training partners to hold me more accountable should I miss a planned training session.
Now that I'm done competing, my goals have shifted significantly. I don't really have any performance goals anymore; it's more about keeping things respectable and, as long as my hip holds up, jumping in with the [ZAP Fitness elite] crew every once in a while.
- My goal is to get in good enough shape to run parts of workouts with our athletes.
- I plan on being more consistent with my running, getting in 35 to 40 miles per week with a longer run each week of 10 to 12 miles.