I guess it’s about that time now .. time to declare my goals for 2012. 2011 left me a bit spent so I used the last two weeks to rejuvenate myself and not shudder at the sight of my running shoes – plus a week in Hawaii doesn’t hurt!
Actually, it will hurt but, rather, HURT. My good friend, Hozumi Nakai, is undertaking his 3rd 100 mile ultramarathon at the HURT100 in Honolulu and a half dozen of us have tagged along to be his support crew and pace bunnies. But, let me clarify – pace bunnies. Hozumi can basically drop us all in a heartbeat, leaving us to eat his dust on all terrains and at all elevations. Ultramarathons, however, only allow pacers, should the runner choose, to jump in about 60% of the way. So, when we finally get called upon for our pacing duty, Hozumi will have already run about 60 miles .. that’s about 100kms, my friend. I might have a chance. *might*
So… this, of course, makes it quite obvious how I got into ultramarathons – or, at least exposed to them. Many think that ultras are quite the feat, and they are, but it’s all relative to the company you keep. Now you know why I make light of some of my accomplishments. Let me give you an example. Last year, I did my first ultramarathon – 50km in trails. I was really proud of my accomplishment and I still am. Then I went to crew and pace for Hozumi at his second 100 mile ultramarathon (he came in 7th, by the way). Standing amongst those crazy, amazing folks that were about to embark on a journey that could take them from 15 hours to 36 hours is humbling. It felt like going to a marathon and having only completed 1 5km race in your life. It’s all relative.
2012 will be the year of the 50/50 for me.
What does that mean? My goal for 2012 will be to complete a 50km ultramarathon by March 2012 as well as a 50mile ultramarathon by December 2012. 50/50. At the same time, I will run the BMO Vancouver Marathon in May 2012 and the New York Marathon in November 2012. That’s a lot of miles but when have I really shied away from running a lot? It’s all relative, remember?