Last year I ran over 2600 km. I think it’s pretty cool considering that I started endurance running in January 2010 and I spent the previous 12 years of my life as a very heavy smoker. My first goal was to run a half-marathon. At that time my dream goal was to run the New York Marathon. While I haven’t taken that on yet it is pretty clear to me that running has become somewhat of a passion, if not an obsession, of mine.
My original plan for 2013 was to participate in 6 races. They were chosen strategically so that I would gain experience that would help me prepare for my ultimate goal for 2013; finish the Canadian Death Race. Of the 6, I was only able to complete 5 since one of them did not open for 2013. Even so, 5 races was still more than double what I would have normally participated in. This year I am doubling the number of races yet again.
My accomplishments last year are as a whole a catalyst for more. Bigger races, more extreme challenges, more running. I have been researching the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, Western States 100, Fat Dog 100 among others. The driving motivation for me to ultra is two fold, to be healthy and to travel. When considering the travel, I want to be travelling to places I have never been before.
For many of the harder races, I need to qualify. This is the reason my training started December 1st 2013 under the direction of Jeff Hunter, my coach. No matter the conditions this winter, I have been out there. Often I have been trailblazing through knee deep snow, sometimes deeper. I was out during what meteorologist’s called the polar vortex. The temperature dipped to -35 Celcius and I was out there slugging away, one foot in front of the other.
So my race plan for 2014 is as follows:
|Laura Secord Memroial 100k – OUS||100k||Completed||April 5, 2014||13:52||6|
|Pick Your Poison – OUS||50k||Completed||Apr 26||5:22:16||10|
|Seaton Trail – OUS||50k||Completed||May 10||5:10:50||5|
|Ottawa Marathon||42k||Completed||May 25||3:23:44||711|
|Pelee Island||21k||Completed||June 1||1:38:30||17|
|Creemore Vertical Challenge – OUS||50k||Completed||July 5||4:55:07||5|
|Limberlost Challenge – OUS||56k||Completed||July 12||6:07:15||2|
|Canadian Death Race||125k||Registered||August 3||17:35:29||15|
|Did not register||August 16||–||–|
|Haliburton Forest Ultra – OUS||160k||Registered||September 6||DNF||–|
|Run for the Toad||50k||Registered||October 5||DNS||–|
|Will not register||October 19||–||–|