My whole life I’ve been a head-stuck-in-the-clouds dreamer. While I love the people who bring me back down with logic and reason, I’m currently looking for those eager to join me in a somewhat irrational and wild adventure. I realize that many of my desired feats are bold, both physically and financially, but isn’t that the whole point of a bucket list? I figured the best way to start is to a) put it in writing b) share it publicly and c) to convince you people to do it with me. So here we go.
Dream Big 10: Running Bucket List:
I barely qualified for Boston last year running St. Jude 2014. I didn’t feel worthy to even attempt to sign up for the race coming up in April, but that doesn’t mean I’ve lost sight. Plus, I’m seriously poor and know I couldn’t afford a hotel room. My plan is to crush my time at St. Jude in December, pinch my pennies, and make it to Boston 2017. Anyone want to go ahead and plan to split a hotel room? I don’t snore.
This one is going to make my grandmother unsubscribe… and I’m sorry, Mamanet! But I’ve had this dream for a couple years and you can’t cross it off your list until its accomplished. It would be cool to travel to Colorado or California for this one, but why do that when I already live in such a beautiful state? As of now, I have my eye on The Rock/Creek StumpJump 50K in Chattanooga, but I’m definitely open to suggestions, especially if it’s from someone willing to be my partner in crime!
2016… or 2017. Maybe 2018.
I did my first triathlon last year while working for Fleet Feet in Knoxville and as exhilarating as it was, I still haven’t done another!
A combination of focusing more on running, no one to train with, and fear of cycling has stopped me dead in my tracks, but I will become an Iron Woman before I die. And there’s no way I can do this one alone…
I’ve actually signed up for Ragnar with my cousins, but unfortunately had to drop out. It’s kind of expensive and again, I’m a “Recreational Therapist…” and have no business spending upwards of $300 on a stage race…yet. So we’ll set this one in my 5-year plan.
I contemplated doing an X-Terra Tri senior year and actually almost talked my mountain biking boy friend into doing it with me, but (PTL) he is my voice of reason. In no world could I have handled the open water swim at the time. Now I’ve got the swim and the pretty blue mountain bike (Kelsey), all I need is company. They have one in Knoxville June 2016… any takers?
Napa Valley Marathon
So this is mainly just an excuse to go back to Napa. I do very well in Napa.
Actually I had really bad allergies in California, but whatever. Who’s with me?!
Preferably all women (sorry, guys) and in some sort of mountains. I love running, other runners, and talking about my feelings. It would just be so right. I know what you’re thinking… “Margaret, we can run and talk about our feelings here in Memphis.” But no. It’s not the same.
Put on my own race
It sounds exhilarating to me. I don’t know when, where, why, or how, but I know I want to do it. It might be the last to check off my list, but I can be stubborn as hell when I have my mind set on doing something.
Ride the Natchez Trace
I actually sole this from my boy friend, Mark. He’s definitely the cyclist in the relationship, but he would need a partner and I would happily be that guy/girl. The Natchez Trace Parkway is undeniably beautiful and it kills me that there are parts that I haven’t seen before. We
would will start in Nashville and ride 444 miles all the way to Natchez, Mississippi. We always prefer a 3rd+ wheel so feel free to come along on this one as well.
Hike from Aspen to Crested Butte
Okay so I know these last two don’t exactly involve running, but this one might be my most important. I spent my summer going into my senior year of college doing an internship in Aspen, CO. I had some
of the most amazing experiences of my life running up and down mountains, rock climbing in my back yard, and mountain biking some pretty amazing trails. I had an opportunity to join some friends on the hike from Aspen to Crested Butte, but turned it down for some terribly unknown reason and I’ve regretted it since. This hike is special because in order to drive there it is 172.9 miles, but you can hike there in 37!
It blows my mind. I absolutely have to do this.
- Which one(s) do you want to do with me?
- What am I forgetting?
- What is on your Running Bucket list?