Ever since December 31st, 2006 around 8 PM CST, I have been asked what my next big goal would be. Seriously. I was not even showered from the last marathon of Fiddy2 when a phone call with BBC radio posed the question. (Clicking this link opens up a radio interview with a person with a delightful British accent. And me sounding very tired.)
From being asked "Would you do it again?" (which my answer is usually: "If you pay for it this time!") to "So, what's next?" I have never needed the prodding I have received to continue to dream big. Well, I finally have my next big goal.
On the last full weekend of April 2010, there will be a 204-mile relay run from Gettysburg, PA to Washington, DC. Called the American Odyssey Relay, teams of 12 will alternate turns until every runner traverses about 15 miles or so total, (on three separate runs) over the course of a day or so.
For those in the know, on top of running marathons and ultras and directing races of every distance, I have also worked in designing courses such as the American Odyssey Relay. I know my ways around the ins and outs of these wonderful excursions. As such, it is on the canvas of the AO Relay that I hope to paint my next grand adventure.
For, while teams of 12 will be running the 204 miles through the Civil War battlefields and happily handing off to their teammates, I too will be joining them on this quest but will, instead, be handing off to, well, nobody.
You see, I will be running the American Odyssey Relay solo. By myself. 204 miles. In hopefully 48 hours or so.
So, if you are interested in being part of my crew, I am hoping to put together at least two separate teams who can give up a day of their life to help me achieve, what to most (including myself when I think about it), would be a rather ludicrous goal.
Please stay tuned for more information posted about this adventure as it becomes available and if you are looking for a relay to run in the greater DC area, I encourage you to register now and start putting that team together! There is nothing quite as bonding as spending 24 hours in an adult slumber party!