Hashtag Goalz.

I didn’t make any grand sweeping resolutions for the new year because, meh, I didn’t want to. I really don’t think you need a whole new year to start something new. So while I don’t exactly have the typical “resolutions”, I do have some pretty freaking big 2016 #GOALZ.

I don’t know what came over me, but somehow, 2016 became the year I bit the bullet and signed up for, not one, but 2 ultras. I signed up for The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 mile race because firstly, it’s still like 9 months away, so that means it isn’t real yet, right? And secondly, because I love this race series so hard that it made sense to make it my first 50.

Then, I got caught up in the excitement of websites crashing when the registration opened for the Ice Age 50k. I was like, well, if I get in, then I clearly was meant to run the race… right? Sure. I didn’t get through for awhile.. but you know, once you can’t have something, you HAVE┬áto have something (or is that just me?). Finally, I got registered, and now I’m staring at impending doom. I ran 19 miles on the course with my friend Nikki last spring when she was training for the same race, and it was hell. I had never run more than 13 on trails before and it pretty much annihilated me. So I have a LOT of work to do before May – because I have some secret arbitrary goals I set for myself for that one, as I do.

So then… I figured, I’m really going to need to do some long ass runs on trails this summer to even wrap my head around running FIFTY miles on trails in September. I wasn’t so sure I could force myself to do that as much as I needed to… so, why not sign up for a trail marathon? Like, one of the hardest trail marathons in the state? Dances with Dirt it is! I ran the half back in 2014 (recap here) and rode the struggle bus the whole time. Granted, I had completely wrecked my ankle prior to the race and shouldn’t have run it at all, but still. Pure torture.

And my latest spur of the moment endeavor… signing up to run the Chicago marathon (like… 3 weeks after my 50 mile. Uh. Insert expletives here.) with the Ronald McDonald House Charity team. I’m really, really, REALLY excited to finally get to run Chicago, and I’m shooting for the stars with my fundraising goal as well. Please consider donating to my fundraising page here, as this charity is amazing and provides amazing services to families who really need them.

All in all, I’m really excited for everything I’ve got in the works so far this year. I’m deathly afraid for my foray into ultrarunning in May, only very slightly less afraid for DWD in July, probably going to straight up pee my pants at ECSWI in September, and hopefully am injury free and ready to straight up party for 26.2 miles in Chicago in October. It’s going to be a hell of year, but I’m settling in for the ride.

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