|Goofing off at my favorite race|
|NJ One Day 2013|
|On the course: Recover From the Holidays 50K|
|On the course: Wakely Dam Ultra. "There be no roads here." Photo by Rob Jacob|
|On the course: Running With the Devil|
Finally, I would like to return to Colorado to give the Run Rabbit Run 100 on September 12 another shot, but it's way too early to know if I'll be able to manage that logistically or financially.
|Right before an outing with my new gym's run club|
Since Run Rabbit Run, I have done a lot of short fast runs lately, and I think I may be in sufficient shape to PR a 5K right now. I don't know how long this fitness will last, but I am likely running a 5K on New Year's Day and maybe I'll do well there if things click. In general, I have joined a run group at my new gym and they're planning on attending several local races up to half-marathon, most of which I'll be happy to run. Most of these little towns in North Jersey have 5K runs at some point in the year, and it sounds like I'll be getting a tour of them with this club.
No plans to run a marathon at this time. If I do it hopefully won't be a big city race.
|I love my tri club friends!|
One thing that is really exciting locally is the new Ironman 70.3 (half-distance) race in New Jersey, in Princeton. It'll be held for the first time ever on September 21 and many of my friends are going. It also will be flatter than Syracuse, but being after Labor Day it won't likely be a hot race like Eagleman (or Syracusse this year.) So I'll probably register for that.**
|January 15, 2004 photo at the extreme northwest corner of New Jersey|
It would approximate the route of the NJ Longest Day Challenge Bike Ride from Port Jervis at the northwest corner of the state (photo above would be starting line) to Cape May in the Southeast. Depending on the route, the distance would be something slightly over 200 miles. It wouldn't be part of any organized event, but just a multi-day run/walk. I'd do it solo/unsupported if I had to, but I'm not committed to that. There'd be no fund-raising. This is just stupid self indulgence.
I have been kicking this idea around and while I haven't committed to anything yet, the more I think about it, the more I want to do it. Since it's local, costs should be minimal. And I'm doing it on my own so the time-frame could be anything I want it to be- but late May/early June before it gets too hot makes the most sense. I'd do it over a long 5-6 day weekend.
Will I actually go through with this? Who knows. But I'd like to. Stay tuned..
|Yes, there will be more of this|
Next post (maybe): 2013 in review.
* At the time I wrote that, it was true. I have since registered for the Princeton 70.3.
** I did.