Over the last couple of years I’ve been able to check off a few things on my LIFE bucket list that are running related — like “run a half marathon” (and soon, “run a marathon”).
Most of you know my big goal for the next couple of years is to run an ultra (hopefully more than one of them), but I have lots of other things on my Running Bucket List besides the 50-miler.
Here are five running related things I really want to do at some point in my life!
1. Run the Big 5 Marathon
I learned about the Big 5 Marathon a few months ago when I was reading Forbes list of the Top 10 Marathons Worth Traveling For.
The Big 5 Marathon (and half marathon) is held in South Africa and earned it’s name because runners race through the habitat of the five most famous African game: Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard.
The race is held on the “Big Five” game reserves and there are no fences, rivers or anything that separates the runners from the wildlife!
According to the race’s website, the course is extremely tough and described by some as “harder than Comrades.” This is terrifying to a flat land runner like myself (especially since Comrades is not really just a marathon, it’s a 50-miler). The race finishes with a climb that most people crawl up on their hands and feet!
Despite its difficulty, I can’t help but think that if you really train hard, this would be one of the most amazing and rewarding marathons out there. It’s most definitely on my bucket list!
(Note: I have some concerns about the ethics of this type of race in regards to the way the animals are treated — but have yet to find anything negative in my light research.)
Photos are from the Big 5 Marathon Facebook Page.
2. Run in Many Other Countries
I love travel and I love running, so it goes without saying that I want to run in as many countries as I can.
So far I’ve only been running in Jamaica ^ (a place somehow hotter and more humid than Fort Lauderdale), and now that I’m on my trip I’ll be running through Paris and London!
I really want to sign up for an international race within the next couple of years (not the Big 5 … that’s for “someday”)! Who wants to go with me? Which one should we sign up for?
3. Run / Hike the Pacific Crest Trail
I’ve heard such amazing things about the PCT and I would LOVE to run part of it someday.
Ideally, I’d like to run/hike the John Muir Trail as part of a fun camping trip. The JMT is 211 miles long and spans from Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA.
On the JMT you pass through Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia National Park and the John Muir and Ansel Adams Wildernesses.
Doesn’t it just look incredible?
4. Run with a Dog
I’m highly allergic to dogs and could never have one (unless it was a hypoallergenic Poodle, Bichon or something like that). However, I LOVE Golden Retrievers!
I am part of the Homeward Bound Generation, so it is probably no surprise that I would want to run with Shadow!
I’d love to go running with a Golden … or really any dog! I bet it makes the experience extra fun!
I’ve thought extensively about getting Cecil a jogging stroller for pets, but in the end I think this would just make me look crazy : ).
5. Meet Scott Jurek
Scott is my running idol and though he’s going to retire from competitive ultrarunning this October (or so I’ve heard) he plans to continue running races for fun.
Plus I think Scott will continue doing appearances at popular race expos and running stores as part of his relationship with Brooks and his book publisher.
One of these days Scott will come to Florida and I will be first in line to shake his hand!
What’s on your Running Bucket List?? Anything you hope to tick off before the end of 2014?