These new races keep you motivated and ensure that you'll be exposed to new trails, new runners, and new challenges. I've had my eye on this "Dances with Dirt" series for a while. I ran the Gnaw Bone 50K this year and would like to add the new Devil's Lake race in 2009. The Rock Cut series intrigues me since it's a three day event. I have regularly done the Sunday 50K, but never the shorter 25K or 10K.
Jan 31: Riddle Run 28 mile fat ass
Feb 14: Lake Mingo 28 mile fat ass
June 27: Clear Pond 5-Hour
March 14: Land Between the Lakes 60K or 50 Miler
CHALLENGE RACES (tough goals)
*May 9: Gnaw Bone 50K (6:00)
*Oct 11: Towpath Marathon (3:19)
These race choices are not that different than this year. My main goal for 2009 is quality. I want to run well in most races that I do. This year (2008) was a year of participation and socialization. I did the Illinois Trail Ultra Grand Slam and the 7-Day Stage Race, but I was in them to finish...not excel. I plan to change that in 2009. I'm not going to push the pace at every single race, but I have a few that I have marked with an asterisk indicating my intent to set a new PR (the PR time or mileage is in bold). So those are my 2009 plans. What are your plans?
Happy New Year to all the runners out there!