You know what’s funny? When I first started this blog I wrote about my running a lot. It wasn’t intentional and this wasn’t a running blog, but I did so much of it and it was such an escape to me that I ended up thinking and writing about it a lot. Over the years my running fluctuated (due to injury and life) and I stopped coming to this space as consistently.
However, I was thinking recently about the role of running in my life nowadays and how I wish to document the adventures it takes me on. I share plenty to Instagram and save it as a highlight so I can go back and relive some of those moments, but I think I’d like to come here too.
I have an Excel sheet that I have been using as my training plan. When I finished the Cow Bone 12 Hour, I created a new tab in the Excel to start planning for whatever might come next! I have a few bucket list running items that I’d like to accomplish in the next two years or so, but I am flexible. If I’ve learned anything about running in the last 8 years, it’s that I can absolutely not force it.
That being said, here are some of the projects I’d love to tackle roughly in chronological order:
Virginia Triple Crown Loop – Late 2021 (dependent on weather)
The Triple Crown is what I am currently trying to train for and the training I am hoping you’ll read a lot about here. This go around I want to focus a lot on uphill and downhill running and hiking since the vert is not shabby.
Bull Run-Occoquan Trail – Late Summer or Early Fall 2021
Honestly, this trail could very well just be a training run for the Triple Crown! It’s ~18 miles and it’s a point to point, so the shuttling logistics are the only reason we haven’t done this one yet. It’s also pretty close to us and relatively flat (considering the distance).
Overnight Runs – Fall(ish) 2021
This isn’t a specific trail, but Patrick has an overnight 13 hour race the first weekend on November and I’d eventually like to take on races that require night running so I want to get some nighttime training in! We’ll need to invest in better headlamps when we decide to tackle this and you’ll have to wish me luck because I tend to be pretty clumsy on trails in broad daylight. I also don’t want to get eaten by a bear… And bear spray is sort of big to carry on a run…
100 Mile Training Week – December 2021
Patrick had mentioned this to me once before but I was so in the thick of Cow Bone training that I didn’t consider it for long. Then I watched the Ginger Runner video that had inspired Patrick and it inspired me! Do yourself a favor and go watch all his videos. If you’ve never run before or if you have a wishy washy relationship with running, I think you’ll leave feeling extremely inspired.
Ethan does it in December and I think that is a great idea. I love the idea of taking a week off of work around Christmas and attempting this. I especially love the idea of getting the run done and then coming into a cozy house to eat lots of warm food and hang out.
Rim to Rim to Rim – Late Spring/Summer 2022
This is the big one! The route linked is not the exact one I’d do because I want to include the Bright Angel Trail. This is how I want to celebrate finishing grad school! I get so excited thinking about R2R2R. I would absolutely not rush it, for the record. If my training isn’t quite where it needs to be then I would not attempt it (because: dangerous). So here’s to hoping!
If you’d like to join… 😉
Lastly, this one only partially counts because it’s cycling and not running, I want to do a bikecamping trip on the Greenbrier River Trail in WV! It’s just far enough away that we haven’t seriously planned anything (plus I need to do more bike riding) but it looks beautiful!
Oh, I am also planning on doing an endurance ride on the towpath sometime during the 4th of July weekend. Basically I am just going to ride as long as I can and then make Patrick come pick me up. Should be fun!
All that being said, I’d like to come here more often to report back on how my training for these projects is going! I know I say “oh I’ll be back” pretty often on here, but I really want to give it a go this time. Time will tell.
Do you have any fun projects going on in your life?! Running or not?