My most important trail-running goal for 2013 will be — wait for it — patience.
In other words, I want to improve upon last year, but I don’t expect to suddenly transform into a professional-level runner who wins races at any distance. That’s just not realistic for anyone with the possible exception of Emelie Forsberg. So here are a few things I’d like to accomplish in 2013:
1) Run a decent marathon-length race. What counts as “decent” is that it won’t be like my 2012 Prairie Fire Marathon in Wichita, where I had to walk the last 10 miles of the course. I’d like to try a 50k or 50 mile race, and I might try one in 2013, but I’m not going to fret much if the ultra distance gets pushed back a year or two.
2) Run the Pikes Peak Ascent or Marathon for the first time since 2001. I’ll hope to get a good time, but unless I get a better qualifying time between now and next March, I’ll probably have to run those races in the second wave, which makes it a little more difficult. If things go *really* well, I’d like to get a sub-3hr ascent time on Pikes Peak next year, either in the race or during a training run.
3) Run a race in Europe. There’s a chance I’ll get to go to Europe next May, and I had initially thought of trying to get a spot at Zegama-Aizkorri. Now, though, it looks like the timing won’t work out for that race. So if I do go Europe at all, I’ll try to find another event. Shouldn’t be that hard from what I’ve heard about the sheer number of races in Europe.
4) Have fun. This probably means running a lot with my dog.