Pushing Limits, Testing 100 Milers, and Upping the Ante
Goals for 2018 are:
1)Stay Healthy 2) Stay Consistent 3)Stay Positive
February – Winter Beast of Burden – Lockport, NY
This is motivation to train through the winter. I took 2nd place in the 25 mile race a couple years ago and wrote my first ever race report about it. I will be three weeks into a marathon plan, so this will just be that week’s long run. Goal will be dependent on how much snow is on the course.
April – Mohican Forget the PR 50k – Loudonville, OH
A nice spring jaunt and kick in the ass. There are pictures of a wall of tree roots that has to be scaled. That was what sold me on this race. Given the name, (only) 4000’ in gain, and a history of being muddy, it’s only appropriate that I’ll be targeting a 50k PR of close to 5 hours here.
May – Buffalo Marathon – Buffalo, NY
This will be my first official marathon and a final long run for Eagle Up. I’ll be targeting a 3:30 and am using Hanson’s Advanced Marathon plan for training. Ten mile runs galore!
June – Eagle Up 24 Hour Ultra – Canal Fulton, OH
A few years ago, my first ultra was the 24 hour Black Mountain Monster. I managed 100k on a gimpy IT Band and minimal training. This time around I’ll be shooting for 100 miles. That’s only twenty laps of the 5 mile course. Sounds reasonable, right?
June/July – Paddling Trip – Le Roy, New York to Crosby Lake, Ontario
Epic. With my brother and ten-year-old son, we will paddle from our hometown to our grandparents cottage in Ontario. It will be roughly 2.5 weeks of paddling that takes us up the Genesee River, around the eastern end of Lake Ontario, and up the Rideau Canal. More to come about this adventure!
September – Barkley Fall Classic – Wartburg,TN
A return to Frozen Head and BFC. I wasn’t as fit as I needed to be last year. This year will be different. I’m looking to recover my pride from Bird Mountain; I lost it out there somewhere.
October – Oil Creek 100 – Titusville, PA
And the culmination of 2018 is Oil Creek. I was there for the 50k in 2017 as a rebound from BFC. I’m looking forward to heading back and really seeing what I have to offer the course. This will be my first true 100 mile race and it’s a Western qualifier, which would be cool to have under my belt.
- Run to the NY/Pennsylvania border as a long run. That’s 27 miles from my front door and follows the shoreline of Lake Erie the whole way. It will make a good long run some weekend morning.
- Run the 99 miles from our home to my mom’s house as a two day “stage race.” This may not happen this year, but is a really cool challenge I’d like to try. My in-laws live almost directly in the middle. It’s too perfect to not do it.
- Run my county’s Rails-to-Trails route as a long run. There’s roughly 28.5 miles of trail, a ridiculously easy grade, and it’s all just waiting for me to run it.