There are many definitions for the word dream, but I’m talking about the kind of dream that is something you have always wanted to do, something you didn’t always think was possible, and something you have to work insanely hard to achieve.
Miriam Webster defines this kind of dream as a strongly desired goal or purpose.
I achieved a dream the day I crossed my first marathon finish line. Crossing it hand-in-hand with my husband (then boyfriend) was the icing on the cake.
I achieved a dream the day I finished my first triathlon and then a few months later when I finished my first Ironman.
Those were finishes I had only dreamed of but didn’t know if they’d become reality until I/we had the nerve to sign up and put in the hard work to get there.
Every finish line is an achievement, but there’s nothing like the first one…the one that started as a scary thought in your mind until you had the nerve to sign up…the one that you poured hours of sweat (and some tears) into…the one where doubts crossed your mind throughout training.
My ultimate dream finish line? The Canadian Death Race…solo.
The Canadian Death Race is a 125 km (about 77 miles) all-terrain extreme adventure race course on very challenging terrain including three mountain summits and 17,000 feet of elevation change.
The seed was planted the second year the race went, in 2002, when I was 19. I was working in Pennsylvania that summer and my mom cut out the newspaper clips and mailed them to me with a note saying it’s probably a race I’d like to try one year. I’ve hung on to those clippings.
Since then it’s been on my mind, becoming more prominent with each year that passes. Over the last two years, Kelly and I have both seriously debated it.
They have a relay option. People ask me why I don’t start there to get a feel for it. I’m an all or nothing type gal who generally dives into challenges head first.
My concerns— 125km of running…over mountains, bears/cougars/scary animals made more scary in the middle of the night in the middle of the forest…alone.
I don’t know when I’ll sign up for this, but it’s not going to be this year (registration opened at the end of January and sells out quickly). I hope to run some shorter trail races and ultras to start and eventually train my way there. But I’m putting it out there.
I want to run the Canadian Death Race solo one year, and I want to cross that finish line and achieve my ultimate dream!
What’s your dream distance/event/finish line?
Anybody want to sign up for it with me in 2015?!