Monday, November 9, 2015

Whatever Doesn’t Kill You Still Hurts and Makes You Cry. My Next BIG Goal.

It is possible that this time I have bitten off more than I can chew. Can you hear me choking? I am always chasing that next big goal. I wasn’t sure what it was going to be, but now I know.

See if you can guess.

6 days – solo running
120 miles
20,000 feet of climbing
Colorado Rockies

(PSA: No, this is not a relay).

No clue what in the hell I’m talking about?  It’s the TransRockies Run in August 2016.

Even it it hurts like hell and you are puking at lest it is beautiful

Let’s say you’ve been reading this blog forever. God bless you. Maybe you remember back in 2010 when I did Stage One of this run (21 miles) with Dean Karnazes as my partner.

Dean is admiring the vein in his arm

That year, Dean ran with a different partner for each of the six days. I was the first and of course the most beloved. Dean still probably thinks of me in the shower, dreams of me at night. He misses those farts I left on the trail, no doubt.

That day, when I finished the 21 mile Stage One I was so tired and sore that I did not know how the rest of those crazy bastards were going to run all six days. There was this thought in the back of my little brain that I wanted to do that someday, but I had just started running a couple years earlier and that seemed a bit eff’ing outrageous.

Not that it doesn't seem any less outrageous, but no time like the present, yeah? I mean I am not getting any younger (almost 49, bitches!) and I am not presently injured (miracle). Plus it’s the 10 year anniversary of this race and it is going to be epic.

Day One: 21 miles, 2,200 feet of gain. Buena Vista, CO to Railroad Bridge

Day Two: 13.4 miles, 3,400 feet of gain (Hope Pass). Vicksburg, CO to Twin Lakes (Leadville)

Day Three: 24,2 miles 2,700 feet of gain Leadville, CO to Camp Hale

Day Four: 14.2 miles 2,900 feet Camp Hale to Red Cliff

Day Five: 23.6 miles 4,100 feet Red Cliff to Vail <this day is going to kill me

Day Six: 22.2 miles 5,100 Vail to Beaver Creek <-this day is going to kill me more

That all adds up to some crazy shit.

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Lest you think I am going to carry all of my shit (gear, not actual poop. I’ll leave that on the trail), I am not. The beauty of the TRR is that they transport your gear from the start to the finish, provide your meals and set up your tent before you get there. There are also massage people and hopefully psychotherapists. And beer. Lots of beer. Because it’s good to drink a lot and get dehydrated when you are running an average of 20 miles per day.

Tent village:

Hopefully I will be too tired at the end of each day to be kept awake by fellow runner’s snoring, farting, love making…

For some this may sound like torture. For me, it sounds like the chance of a lifetime. As runners, we seem to get addicted to digging deep and how that feeds our souls and awakens who we truly are.

Sure, this isn’t until August, but you bet I am going to be throwing in quite a few races between now and then as part of training. Stay tuned.

Want to come along? There is a 3-day option (first three stages) or a the 6-day. The six day is typically done with a partner, although there is a solo option. I am running on a media entry, so I am going by myself. Register HERE. (it’s already over 80% full).

Have you ever done a muti-day run? Would you?

What’s your big 2016 running goal?

SUAR

39 comments:

  1. I've done a multi-day bike ride and a multi-day walk but no run yet. I'm planning for my first 50K run next year! Hoping for a 50 miler in 2017 when I turn 50 :)

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    1. I was thinking the same. I turn 50 in 2017 as well!

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  2. A friend of mine has done this race the last two years and has loved it. Wouldn't be surprised if she's back next year too. Sounds like a grueling but epic adventure!

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  3. I have PMS (Post Marathon Shuffle) from Saturday's Revel Canyon City Marathon so I cannot imagine doing this event! This was my best marathon (7 minute PR) and I went to the starting line with zero injuries thanks to tons of cross training. I usually ran only 3-4 times a week and that seemed to really work for this 51 year old body.

    I haven't found my 2016 goal yet.

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  4. Wow Wow Wow!!! My big goal for 2016 is a half marathon. No multi-day run for me.

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  5. I'm excited to read about your adventures along the way...your ever faithful poop fan

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  6. I've only done Ragnar!! Best of luck!
    Check out my recent post: http://www.runonoatmeal.com/sarahs-birthday/

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  7. You are a freakin' (awesome!) MANIAC!!! I can't say I have a desire, at all. Not even for a marathon.

    The most epic thing I have planned is to pace a friend in the weeeeee hours of the morning during the Umstead 100. Just one lap….It's a 13 mile lap but still…just one.

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  8. I did the 6-day run with my husband this year, and we LOVED it!!! I was completely terrified when we signed up, but it ended up being way less difficult than I expected it to be. Just take it easy every day and make sure you recover like a champ, and you'll be fine. Tired, but fine. :)

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    1. Congrats, what an accomplishment. And, your comment made me feel a bit less terrified, so that's good.

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    2. I'm glad! :) I wrote a blog post afterwards about all my tips and tricks for surviving the race. I'll post the link in case you're interested: http://www.runningwithhaynes.com/2015/08/31/transrockies-run-tips-and-tricks/

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  9. Um yes--I was reading in 2010. And yes--you just took a big chew. And absolutely yes--you will leave plenty of reminders that you were there. And without a doubt--you can, will do this!!!

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  10. My 2016 running goal is a marathon. In this context, I want to say, only a marathon. But you are so much younger than me, and so much better looking, that your longer distance balances out. Or something. Have fun with it!

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  11. That actually sounds like a ton of fun! Already anxiously awaiting the recap! I would love to find a partner to run it with maybe in 2017????

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  12. Multi-day event? Goofy Challenge at WDW. Haha. Wow! I've been following you since 2010? No way! That's so long. Haha. I started running around the same time as you (I think). It's been fun following you through all your distances! (13.1-IM) Really looking forward to following you along your training. I'm sure it will be a great adventure!

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  13. This sounds INSANE and AWESOME. I've never done a multi day race, but if I could find this race on a micro level maybe I could give it a shot. Good luck! I'm excited to read about your training for this.

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  14. Wow, this sounds awesome! I better start getting some goals in order, I will be 50 in 2017, as well :-)

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  15. Wow. I've been following along since 2010. And you are seriously a badass. An epic one at that! I have a half marathon this weekend and I couldn't imagine running farther than that at the present moment. Lol!!!!
    My big goal in 2016 is to get healthy and back in tip top physical condition so that a 6 day race seems less daunting and "fun"

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    1. You are one dedicated follower. Thanks for sticking with me for so long!! Good luck this weekend...

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  16. I would do one day with you. But no more. My husband would divorce me--is that a bad thing?

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  17. Oh. My. Hell. You have more balls than I do. That looks awesome, scary, and crazy as bat shit. You are amazing!

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  18. Wow, that sounds awesome. Its spendy (I just checked) but sounds like a seriously fun time. Add another to the running bucket list. :-)

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  19. OMG!! What a totally epic goal! Good on ya! Look forward to reading all about it in the months ahead. Maybe when I retire, I'll join you!!

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  20. Holy Moly! And good God almighty. I will live vicariously through you. Good luck!!!! I am so flippin' jealous!

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  21. I'm doing my first ultra next October with some friends. Just did my first full this year and figured I'm (relatively) healthy, so why not?

    Can't wait to see your progress!

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  22. That is so awesome! I loved following your iron man training. I am doing my first ultra in January. Super nervous, but even more excited.

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  23. So excited for you. Looking forward to the first 3 crazy days! ~Chelsea

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  24. I did the 6 day TransRockies race in 2010 and had a ball! Enjoy!!! And bring a camp chair and tons of snacks.

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