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2018 Race Schedule, Or This is What 58 Looks Like

By February 20, 2018 No Comments

I’m turning 58 (58!) in a few short weeks. I don’t feel that age (does anybody, ever?!) except for a few things I’ve noticed:  it takes longer to recover from a hard workout.  The days of scarfing an entire medium pizza without gaining an ounce? Yeah, gone (dang).  And I’m hearing those whispers from the Universe more frequently, subtly & not-so-subtly reminding me “tomorrow’s never promised”.

Another thing? more often & with greater intensity – people seem to feel free to comment on my life.  What I “should” be doing, what to value, what to fear (a lot about fear).   As if, at a certain point in life you forfeit your ability to make decisions to some group idea of what 58 year olds are supposed to be. It’s odd, & a little creepy.

So when I put together this year’s racing schedule (below), I decided to make it a celebration — of continuing to learn who I am by choosing to do hard things*, of creating a life that makes my heart happy — of being 58.

  • a road 50K – I’ve never ever run a 50K on pavement, so voila! instant PR
  • 50-mile birthday week run with the gators – because what says “happy birthday” more than racing 50 miles in a gator-filled park, hmm…?

(Photo credit: Trail Racing Over Texas)

  • return to Iceland for 3 days, 125K of self-supported racing – Iceland has a big piece of my heart (& a chunk of my forehead, but that’s another story)

(From 2016 Fire and Ice Ultra — photo credit: Kathryn de F)

  • 5K open water swim race in Lake Michigan – back to my “roots” in distance swim
  • 3 days running-racing-training with friends in West Virginia – because friends
  • 5 days, 250k self-supported racing @ Namib desert – magic, ancient desert, 5 days of hella’ hard racing in extraordinarily difficult conditions. As my friend said, “that’s some scary shit”.

(Photo credit: Beyond the Ultimate Racing

It’s a mix – road, trail, stage racing, open water distance swim – my training plans looks less like straightforward progression than a Tetris puzzle. Weights, road running, trail running, swim workouts. Yoga to keep some balance & range of motion. Tire pulling (this flatlander’s way to train for Iceland climbs).

And happy. So much happy.

I’ll share what I learn along the way – the good & hard things, what went well & what was spectacularly awful. Tagging photos with #thisiswhat58lookslike – maybe it will help some folks not be so quick to offer unsolicited advice to “older” women. Or not.

I’ll also be raising funds for Moon Dog Farm – an animal rescue organization in Chicago founded by my amazing friend Jill Birnbaum.  You can learn about MDF here (http://www.themoondogfarm.com)  or, if you see me sporting one of these cool tees or hoodies at a race venue – feel free to ask.

Moon Dog Farm

Moon Dog Farm

 

I’d like to think Lucy would be happy about that.

(*Note:  From a thank you card received from my friend Amy McCracken, a wonderful writer + athlete + former head of Richmond Animal League. Yep, she’s a rockstar & her handwritten notes are treasures.)