Friday, August 3, 2012

Me? A 50-Something (YIKES!) Ultra Runner?!?!?

Day 3 of the August Healthy Living / Fitness Blogger Writing Challenge put on by The Fitness Cheerleader has me writing about:

Where would you like to be in 10 years?

This is an extremely tough topic for me to address, because I have never been much of a forward-thinker.  I leave that to my Hubby, the man who has at least a five-year plan for races at any given point.  Ask him where he sees himself in 10 years and he probably has a 50th anniversary of the XYZ race on his radar that he wants to do.  I admire his ability to think ahead, even while at the same time I seem incapable of doing it. Maybe that is why we fit together so well - I fill the need for spontaneity while he plans.

I wasn't always this way.  I actually was quite the planner through my school years (which went up through grad school).  Somehow, though, school made it easier for me to define and understand who I was and what I needed to do.  So, throughout those years, while studying German, I had life pretty well planned out - here for undergrad, here for grad school, here, here, here, .... and here for study abroad.  But once out on my own, I lost my sense of where life should take me - perhaps a case of too much freedom?  Having kids, I find I am now just starting to again plan a bit more.  Now, after all, I have their school schedules to help define my life.  I know, all pathetic and sad and maudlin and whiny, and painfully veering off topic.  So, where do I see myself in a decade.....

In ten years, my kids will be 14 and 17 years old, respectively.  I imagine myself dealing with all the
c-r-a-p that comes with the teen years, as well as the joys of following them along on the journey of their interests, which I hope will include a sport or some other extracurricular activity they enjoy.  I will be looking at sending my firstborn off to college and all the angst that comes with that as well.  I also imagine I will be playing chauffeur, errand-runner, and all-around support crew for my aging parents.  (Or, more likely, I will be planning a vacation to somehow lob on to their latest travel adventure.)

I see myself finally working again full-time, after many years off - jetting around the world for Runner's World Magazine, Running Times  or some other running or travel-related rag, writing articles doing some kind of communications job for an employer I like and respect.

As for Hubby and myself, I keep thinking back to an article I read on Tom Held's blog Off the Couch a while back, "Double endurance: couple celebrates 50th wedding anniversary with 50K trail run," on the JSOnline. Strangely, having never run an ultra in my life, I kind of see myself following in those footsteps: getting stronger the longer I run, but still running for fun.  Signing up for crazy distance races with my Hubby and enjoying the places our eccentric hobby takes us, both as a couple and as a family.  I don't have any specific running goals beyond that.  If I could get a bit faster, and my age and speed would somehow, someday intersect, then I would like to try to run Boston one day.  Beyond that, I am open to whatever the universe and my own whims hand me.

How about you?  Any long-term plans?  Do you plan races and runs years out like Hubby? Or are you more of a spur-of-the-moment type of runner?


  1. I always have long range goals that I set but it's been awhile since I've thought about where I see myself in 10 years. I'd love to still be living right where we are and if we are as happy and healthy in 10 years as we are today then life will be great!

    1. I love that you are content in life right now! I am too for the most part, and I think that comes from trying to find the joy in little things. :)