As this year's 'Grand Popa' for 'The Royal Order of the Groundhog,' I spent the club's annual night of celebration for our special annual day of festivities - Groundhog's Day Eve I spend time in meditation and self assessment. In the midst of the sacred and mysterious 'Ceremony of the Groundhog' I decided . . . it's time! My running goals must me made public . . . the public has a right to know!
Okay, so . . . now on the the 2011 goals . . . a drum roll please!
#1. Make sure 2011 is a year of FUN in my running.
#2. Fastest Marathon - Over 5:30. Any faster and I'm sure I'm trying too hard. 2011 is totally 'The Year of Fun' and I plan to do my very best to keep this goal in mind.
#3. Number of Marathons or Ultras - Over 14. But I don't want to forget #1. Sort of got a streak going and I don't want to break it! Average at least a marathon a month.
#4, 75 miles or more at the Umstead 100.
- Okay . . . there is no way I can achieve both #1 and #4. It is definitely NOT going to be fun running 75 miles or more. So this does present a problem. But my solution is simple . . . I will exempt the Umstead 100 from my yearly results. So I have to do at least 13 marathons, etc. And it will be okay for me to not have fun during this event. Simple. I make all the rules. (Plus, I reserve the right to change the rules and / or my goals at any point during the 2011 year - including 12:59 pm on December 31, 2011.)
#6 Get at least 4 folks to try an ultra for the first time. I've got my targets set. They don't stand a change against me!!