Might just maim us a little bit.
I have a bucket list of races I'd like to do. Two lists actually. One realistic and another, well, let's just say it's reaching a bit. The kill you/maim you race. Like Comrades. I'd love to run Comrades but who are we kidding? There are a few races on this list that I dare not even say out loud, not even to myself because they are so far fetched and crazy. Kind of like me.
I do have some super duper races planned for 2012. Naw, I'm not spilling the beans on those just yet. But it's because of those top secret super d-duper races that my latest scathingly brilliant plan will just have to wait until 2013. Let's just say my March and April are already quite full. So 2013 it is.
Oh yes, I'm already planning on 2013. First off, check out this elevation chart.
The race is in the dessert so, natch, I'll be running on sand the entire time. Nice. Oh, and you are required to carry a 35 pound rucksack. For the entire marathon. Yes, it's a marathon. There's a shorter 14.2 mile course, but why bother?
And did I mention the name includes "death march?"
That's right folks it's the Bataan Memorial Death March. Held each Spring in New Mexico. If you aren't familiar, during WWII, tens of thousands of allied POWs were forced to march through the Philippine jungles. Thousands died horrible deaths. Those that survived were forever changed. I'd love to have the opportunity to make this trek to remember and honor those that made that fateful walk in 1942. I'd love to have the opportunity to do so while there are still survivors left.
I'm currently trying to convince my buddy Al to do this. I managed to talk him into MCM so it's looking good. Plus, he's still active duty so it's not like he isn't in shape for it. Derek could probably be convinced. (and probably take home a medal - he's a bad @ss for sure - ran a 50 miler this weekend just one week after running a sub 4 marathon in Ft Worth!)
I'm not sure how to train for a sandy, dessert race during the winter months of this flat, non dessert terrain I call home, but I've got all of 2012 to figure that out.
What crazy race plans dance around in your head? Which race scares you so much you just have to do it!?!?