The world lost an incredible mother, wife, daughter, friend, attorney, underprivileged advocate, and community member suddenly and unexpectedly on October 16, 2013. In honor of my late wife, Holli Wallace, I am training for the Hallucination 100 mile trail run and raising money for the Children's Grief Center of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

My training progress

Friday, January 23, 2009

Plans for 2009

Okay, so the last month was a "recovery" month, albeit an unintentional one. I've been feeling a bit adrift and unmotivated without a goal for this year so I've decided to go ahead and pick one. So the official plan for 2009 is to run the Burning River 100 miler on August 1. It's held in Northeast Ohio and takes place before classes start so the logistics should be easier to manage than Haliburton last year. The heat factor is a bit of a concern as is the fact that I'm planning on being in China and Tibet for a couple weeks in June, but it would not be fun if it was easy. You can check out my training schedule below as well as a few area races I would like to complete along the way.Much to my shock, I am already ahead of schedule this week. I did 9 miles on Monday, 6 miles on Wednesday, and 10 miles today. I had a great run today since it was the first time that Elliott and I busted out the jogging stroller in months. I recently bought a small portable speaker for my mp3 player so Elliott and I both spent the run listening (at least while he was awake) to the Cars movie soundtrack. I often wonder what the fine residents of Freeland think of us. For those of you who follow my Facebook status updates, my concern that his lack of napping at home will lead to the demise of my ultrarunning career was unfounded. He won't nap at home, but the jogging stroller had him sleeping after 10 minutes. On top of that, when he woke up after mile 8 he insisted that we keep running. I only quit after 10 miles because I hadn't anticipated a very long run and had neither water nor energy gels (I also don't want to risk injury by ramping up too quickly after time off). The little guy was upset that the run was over! I mean he was crying tears disappointed! Now if that isn't motivation to up the mileage I don't know what is.


dirtdawg50k said...

I am trying to decide between Mohican and Burning River for my hundo attempt. Looks like we might be running a few of the same races!

Yassine Diboun said...

Your little guy is your trainer!;0) It's funny my little niece falls asleep instantly in the stroller too!
Great to hear you will be doing BR and have a great time visiting China and Tibet.

Silvenwolf said...

Hmm my parents had a similar problem... the car was my naptime and the crib not so much. :)

Just wanted to say all the best to you for your 2009 plans and keep us all updated on how the Lupus Runners are doing.

Enjoy China and of course take photos! If you can find it, look for dragonbeard candies - I first discovered them in HK and haven't found them in Canada since.

Maeko said...

Don't you love it when all elements of your life just fit together like that?

Me: I'm planning a wedding, so I'm putting off training for any big races this year. Those things are EXPENSIVE!

I do, however, plan on living in Hawaii soon, so maybe my first REAL marathon should be the Honolulu one.

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