Today Jesse Scott and I are embarking on our first stupid run of 2012. Over the last few years, we’ve developed a tradition of doing ill-advised runs with little preparation or direction.
There was the 68 mile out and back on the Kal-Haven trail in Southwest Michigan.
Then there was the 38 mile road run fueled by Little Debbie snacks and Slushies.
Oh, and we did a winter run on the North Country Trail with too little food and water and I lost a contact.
Of course, who can forget our winter run in Grand Haven, MI in the winter at 2 am and temps somewhere around 3° F.
We’re adding to the tradition with our best masterpiece yet: A run from Boulder, CO to Nederland, CO on unknown trails and a sketchy map. We’re also planning on a minimal approach- two water bottles each, a camera, and enough cash for lunch and beers in Nederland to fuel the run back to Boulder. The run should be somewhere in the ballpark of 50-54 miles. It’s not our longest, but it DOES present the best opportunity to test our problem-solving skills due to the relative danger (i.e.- survival skills that will prevent us from dying).
Why am I posting about this?
Because I HIGHLY recommend all of you plan these sort of runs occasionally. The goal is simple- you’re testing your limits in a non-race setting. That means you get to make the rules. For us, that means a mid-race burger and beer break. It’s all about priorities.