Here’s the Races that I have planned – both those I am registered for and those I am seriously dreaming about and making plans for doing.
1. September 9, 2017 – McKenzie River Trail Run – 50K – Blue River, Oregon
*Such a disappointment – I trained for months for this race, was excited to test myself and to also enjoy the splendor of this area. Sadly the race was cancelled due to forest fires impacting the race course. We still went and had a great vacation together, but all-in-all, we would have preferred to run the race.
2. October 14, 2017 – Grand Canyon Half Marathon – 13.1 miles – Tusayan, AZ
*Heading to the Grand Canyon for the first time even after living in AZ for almost 2 years! Excited to have a weekend with girlfriends and a fun adventure too.
3. November 4-5, 2017 – McDowell Mountain Trail Ragnar – 15.6 miles or more – McDowell Mountain Regional Park, AZ
*Trail running, camping, overnight slumber party with friends…..need I say more!
4. January 20, 2018 – Coldwater Rumble 52K – Estrella Mountain Regional Park
*I decided to change up my plans a bit. I was planning on running the McDowell Frenzy 50K on December 2, 2017, but a number of things have been happening in my life the last two months and I was beginning to get stressed out by the impending training and expectations I was setting for myself. Rather than push beyond my breaking limit, I opted to move back my next 50K by 6 weeks to give myself a little break. I am really grateful I allowed myself this grace.
5. April 14, 2018 – Whiskey Basin 88K – Prescott Circle Trail
*This past April, I ran the Whiskey Basin 57K. It was a wonderful experience. I plan to run my first 50 miler this upcoming spring. While I felt compelled to run Antelope Canyon 50 mile as I outlined in this post, I did not feel I would have enough time to get in solid training. I am being temporarily promoted to the State Conservationist for NRCS in Arizona on October 30, 2017 for 120 days. This would fall smack in the middle of training and I didn’t feel I could give both efforts enough energy. So I will run Whiskey Basin again and am excited that such a great race will be my first 50 mile experience.