It is my hopes to bring some of those talks and such that transpire in a race to the written page here to have accounts of my adventuring with the many fine individuals out there sharing the trails with me in our common goal of finishing.
I am currently on break from races for the rest of the year until January, not by choice mind you, but paying for school does put a pinch on my race funds otherwise I would most certainly race as often as possible. Let me explain a little...
In 2011 I completed six 100-mile races, as well as three other 100-155-mile runs (pacing, DNFs of race >100mi.) all in eight months and I would like to see if I can do even more racing this coming year in 2012. I was once running a marathon with a friend of mine a few falls ago with her as her first marathon to company her through to the finish and she spotted someone that had a 100 Marathon Club shirt on and said, “That doesn’t sound that hard, you have probably done that with your races divided out. You should have a 100 100-Mile Club, now that would be nuts.” What can I say I liked the idea, and I have 17 official 100-mile finishes in the last five years towards that goal and am looking to up the number completed in each year: 2007 – 1, 2008 – 2, 2009 – 3, 2010 – 5, 2011 – 6. I figure even if I race somewhat conservatively I could be starting that club by the time I was 40-45. There are almost 90 100-mile runs in the U.S. every year, I could do like at least 15 of them a year with shorter races mixed in if I had the backing. I have the intention of racing as much as I can, it is what I like to do for many reasons – not just because I like to run, which I do, but because I enjoy the ultra running community and I want to see just what I am capable of – I would like to see if I have it in me to complete my goal of 100 100-mile runs.
I would like to end with a couple of quotes: