Updated: The Running (and Biking) Bucket List: What's on Yours?

This is so unlike me. Just halfway through 2013 and I have 2014 tentatively mapped out. My friends won't believe it when they read this. I have laughed at some of them who say they are doing such and such race a year away. My usual response is "I don't know what I am doing next weekend much less a year from now."

That type of mindset works fine and dandy when you aren't particularly attached to being able to participate in an event and when there isn't much involved in doing so, say when it's a local race with no cap. But I've had to rethink my habits now because my racing interests have changed quite a bit and the types of events I am focused on right now sell out instantly and require more planning both training-wise and travel-wise. The 2014 Big Sur International Marathon, for example, sold out in a record 59 minutes when registration opened on July 15th.

So at this particular moment, here is my RUNNING BUCKET LIST for 2014:

January
Siberian Express Trail Run ...maybe

February
Winterfest 5K ...maybe
Frosty 5 ...maybe
Gasparilla Distance Classic Ultra Challenge

March
Little Rock Marathon
Mountain Goat 15K ...maybe

April
Purdue Boilermaker Sprint Triathlon ...maybe (either this or Allerton if they fall on the same date)
Allerton Trails Half Marathon
Kentucky Derby Marathon

May
Green Bay Marathon

June
Lake Mingo Trail Run
Ragnar Madison to Chicago
Le Tour de Shore 100-Mile Bike Ride
Race Around the World Duathlon

July
Missoula Marathon

August
Two Rivers Century
Momence Glad 10K
Maverick Aquatics Sprint Triathlon

September
Tri the Du Duathlon
Wild Wild Wilderness Trail Run

October
Marine Corps Marathon
Detroit Marathon

November
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
Route 66 Marathon

December
Memphis Marathon

I want to add more biking events and at least one 50K in there, but God willing, income willing, time willing, health willing, I have a bit of a plan for 2014. And I am really looking forward to undertaking new challenges, experiencing different events, traveling to new places, sharing the joy with both old and new friends, and  representing for Great Race Nutrition, Swirlgear, and Running Buddy. I would love to hear what's on your Running Bucket List. Whether it's your first 5K or your 20th marathon or your 100-mile ultra, please share, because it's all exciting to hear about.

Comments

Kelli Wheeler said…
Some on my list include: Lake Tahoe Marathon, Kona Marathon, London Marathon, Dallas Marathon, Los Angeles Marathon, Miami Marathon.

I am running The NYC Marathon in November and the Boston again in 2014!
Deborah said…
Kona is on my longer bucket list! Hopefully 2015. I'd also one day like to do Detroit, Bay of Fundy, Napa Valley... I'm looking forward to hearing about your upcoming marathons, Kelli! Very inspiring to see Boston there!
Courtney said…
Not sure which year, but I definitely have Creede Mountain run mapped out in my future. It's 22 miles straight up and down the jeep trails in southwestern Colorado. When you get to the top you actually run on the continental divide and then you turn around and do it in reverse. You have to prepare for any and all weather. Could be hot when you start, but then be snowing when you reach the summit. SOUNDS AMAZING! :)
Courtney said…
http://creedemountainrun.com/
Deborah said…
That does sound amazing, Courtney! I've never heard of that run, but I am both curious and intrigued now and am going to look it up.
Mike Mike Mike Mike said…
January 2015 Mississippi Blues
Deborah said…
Count me in, Mike!

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