Like a bug stuck to the surface of a puddle, when I take a day off from running I just sort of mentally hum around in slow circles and my interactions, including blog posts, reflect that state of mind. Today I run, so I'll be normal (HA!) again.
Anywho, a couple goals popped into my head over the last 24 hours. I'm going to start wearing a watch on runs (typically only wear one while racing). Seems like a pretty easy goal (I'm an underachiever, so I need those goals to be within reach). Next, I'm going to give a real effort on setting my PBs (personal bests) on the various peaks and routes around Boulder. I've never really cared much (likely because I'm so damn slow) but am now interested to begin the process of establishing my own benchmarks and improving on them. Next, gulp, I'm developing (with some outside guidance) structure to my training, including nutrition. Lastly, for now, I'm going to become proficient in some other language (Spanish makes sense but I fancy French and Italian. Italian is similar to Spanish, so it may be a good choice - plus it'll be a nice skill to possess when I evacuate the US and move to Italy). I was pretty good at yapping in French in College, Oui!, but can only remember how to ask for aspirin and tell someone I drive a car to school now. Oh, and I'm going to replace the dead headlight on my car eventually (again, attainable goals).
One other thing is all this chatter about ultra race championship and the growth of the sport. I see it moving to something like a more organized, larger money event on the ROAD but never on trail. There are too many limitations in terms of land use and lack of viable coverage for spectators and that translates into low exposure and that translates into paltry value for large sponsors. I mean, what were there, like 1,000 people (at the very high end) following WS100 coverage online last year? I personally would love to see (and participate in) something akin to C.C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race (a running race across the US from CA to NY), a terrific book.