Do you have a BHAG? Do you even know what a BHAG is?
Today on Tuesdays on the Run, we are talking about goals. But not just any goal:
Your Big Hairy Audacious Goal.
I’ve been chasing my 50 states goal for a few years now. And I’ve made some pretty good progress: 38 states (and DC) done, 12 to go. Unfortunately, the majority of the remaining states are out west. Getting to them takes time and money that are currently being prioritized for other things. (Yes, Australia, I’m talking about you.)
But there’s another goal that’s been running around in my head for a long time now: an Ultra. I’m ready to go beyond the marathon distance (or I was until I got injured.) But I’m not a trail runner and the thought of getting lost in the woods freaks me the heck out. I am a huge fan of loops. I also love the idea of a timed ultra. So, I’ve been looking for a while, thinking a nice 6 hour race would be a good start. Well, the stars have aligned for a trip to Arizona, so I’ve decided to run the Across the Years race this winter. They offer 24, 48, and 72 hour options, as well as a 6 day option. Since I’m not entirely crazy, I’m choosing 24 hours LOL.
That’s right, I’m running a 1ish mile loop as many times as I can in 24 hours. I am not under the illusion that I can run or even run/walk for 24 hours straight and have no goal of hitting 100 miles. Instead, I’m focusing on another goal (well, 2 goals.)
*I want to run at least a 50k with only short walk breaks and no stops.
*Then I want to run/walk at least one mile in each of the remaining hours. (At one point, they had an award called “Around the Clock”, but it seems to be gone now. I still plan to do it…)
It’s like all of my half marathons and my Ultra Ragnar met up and had a love child.
In the end, I will have run my first ultra. Ironically, it will not count officially towards my 50 states goal because it does not meet the Half Fanatic criteria. But it will definitely add to my “states I’ve run a race in list” which is currently at 41.