Me: I have some running news.
Her: What? Did you quit again?
Me: Nope. I’m running a 100 miler. Two of them actually. I have to complete one to qualify to enter the lottery for the race out West.
Her: That’s not the race in the desert is it?
Me: The Badwater? No – that’s 135 miles. That’s ridiculous.
Me: Oh … and I’m blogging about the whole adventure.
So my wife’s
on board aware of my plans. She tolerates the idea for now. She’s kinda been down this route before. Last summer I was training for a 50 miler and ultimately had to drop back to the 50k. That’s what she meant by ‘did you quit again?’
I never quit, just adjusted my goals.
I remember that morning vividly. I was up at 2am for an 18 miler – before work. About 3.5 miles in I just stopped and said to myself – this is f’n crazy. I ran straight home and went back to bed for a couple hours before going to work.
BUT … part of what draws me to this sport is that, yes, it is F’N CRAZY! It’s a challenge, and I love that about running, regardless of the distance. There’s just something about pushing myself to run longer distances that I can’t shake. I’ve never been fast. But I can push myself to run farther.
Summer training is hard, and that ‘goal adjustment’ was dead in the middle of summer. Weekends are booked up with fun things outside of running – camping, travel to in-laws, farm markets, vacations, etc. That’s what summer is for. But … it makes for some tough running, especially when traveling. Thus, the long runs move into the work week. And you really can’t run double digits, before work, without getting out of bed at a insanely early hour. (my record is 1:50am – for a 20miler on a Friday.)
Ultra training ramps it up even more because you get to do that – twice, on back to back days!
Don’t get me wrong. It sounds like I’m complaining. I’m not. It’s a challenge. One that I welcome and look forward to. That’s one of the biggest reasons I do this – to push myself. How far can I go?
This summer, I only managed the 50k on trails in the UP of Michigan. Next summer, the goal, again, is the 50 miler. Once I accomplish that, I’ll focus on training for the 100 miler.
By the way, the 50k I ran – Marquette Trail 50 – is an incredible race. Do it.