Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Wow. Here we are almost an entire month into 2010 and I haven't written a THING. I had first put my lack of bloggage on the doctorate work, but considering I have taken a huge stall in that area, perhaps this is not accurate. Then I put it on how I wasn't running many new trails (for example, this is from Diablo, which I have run several times now-- and it wasn't even a new trail!) but then I realized I ran several cool trails over Christmas break in Santa Barbara and then I explored Mission Trails in San Diego over MLK Jr. weekend.

Then I decided to not analyze it anymore and move on and write when I felt like writing... and clearly it came back, the writing itch.

2010? Really?

When I was a wee one, I had a lot of plans about how I thought my life would be in 2000-- 2010 seemed too far away to even contemplate, but here we are. I can guarantee that I had no thought about running ultras, though. My dad ran a marathon when I was young and my mom ran every day, but running ultras would never have crossed anyone's mind. Even in 2000, as a recreational runner, I would never have imagined that running would become as big a part of my life as it has become.

And now? Um, I kind of plan my weekends around running. An ultra friend recently set the date for her wedding, keeping in mind all the different possible ultras when she planned it.... and I totally understood why she did. My salsa dancing has fallen by the wayside. I have way too many people I want to invite for dinner (quite a few who are ultrarunners). I have a big idea about running the East Bay hills and then ending up at my house for a BBQ. All these things I would not have pictured.

And yet, here we are. And it's all good. Lesson in life that I apparently need to learn about 5,000 times: I cannot predict or control my life, so I should stop trying and enjoy the ride.

Part of that enjoying the ride?

A somewhat ridiculous race schedule so far for 2010 that includes a 100k in less than 6 weeks, getting into Miwok 100K for May, doing Ohlone again (my ultra anniversary!) and then a secret plan that I will reveal as the time gets closer....

So yeah. Welcome to 2010!