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Setting my sights on a new goal
11 Oct
2020
By 2020Visionquest
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Randy runs on a treadmill on his porch, with a teammate holding a "Team With a Vision" sign.

Randy starts out his virtual Boston Marathon in September 2020.

“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming  the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands—your own.”
— Mark Victor Hansen

As of October 12, 2020, I should have roughly 154 miles remaining in my quest to run 2020 miles in the calendar year 2020. This is reasonably ahead of schedule as one positive I’ve managed to create from the COVID-19 quarantine is an extensive run training regimen. This means I might anticipate achieving the final athletic goal for the year by November 1.

Randy on the porch surrounded by friends supporting him as he closes in on the virtual finish line.

Randy closes in on the virtual finish line of the Boston Marathon 2020.

As the National Marathon Championship on December 6 has been cancelled, this provides a void in my goal-driven approach. One goal left on the table at the start of the year due to illness has a chance to re-emerge.

With the coaching and support of my friend and Ultra-Marathon runner Tom Cassetty, I will stage my way through the various levels of these very long distance runs. I already have my foundation in place and have begun to expand it once again. I’ll slow the pace a little to enable the extended distance, and just in time for All Hallow’s Eve, I’ll take my first step. Actually I’ll take over 40,000 of them as I run a 54 km (33.55 mile) course early on the morning of Halloween. The 54 is in deference to Tedy “Full Tilt, Full Time” Bruschi and his hard-working over-achieving approach I hope to emulate along my journey.

Randy stands next to his friend with a walking stick and his wife Tracy.

Randy celebrates his race’s finish!

If all goes well, my training will continue with that being just a day in the training. By December 5 in honor of the cancelled California International Marathon, I’ll trot out 54 miles of  arduous but celebratory treadmill miles. By this point we’ll have enough information to finalize the schedule for my eventual 100-mile run.

There is presently no world record set for these distances in my blind category. There are a couple of runners out there who are incredibly talented and may simply not have had these registered yet.I’m not running to set any records, though I hope they will get logged so our category will have goals and targets for the future. I’m running to challenge myself at distances I know will test me in a variety of ways. It will also add purpose behind my training and help me with some of the far more important work I’m still striving to achieve with our 2020 Vision Quest mission.

Be well,
Randy Pierce

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