What makes you think you can run 100 miles, anyway?
I can’t. Not yet anyway, but that’s the beauty of all of this. Rome, as they say, wasn’t built in a day. But I crave the challenge.
At one time I couldn’t run a half marathon. Or a marathon. Or a 50k.
I remember the exact spot – 4.5 miles into my first 6 mile run thinking to myself ‘how in the hell am I going to run a half marathon (twice beyond what I still haven’t finished) in a few months??’
I continued to train, fought through pneumonia and knee pain, and finished my first half marathon in as planned. And it felt Awesome! I was exhausted, but knew immediately I had to do it again.
I went through a similar experience when training for my first marathon. It was a 17 mile run day, and I was 14 miles in, and felt like total shit. I was gassed, it was later in the day than I normally ran, and I just wanted to get home to my wife and kids. I thought … the actual race will be over an hour longer more – what’d I get myself into!?
I continued to train, fought through a dog bite with rabies vaccine (that’s a story for another day), and another knee injury that sidelined me for over a month, and finished my first marathon as planned. And it felt Awesome!
Just as I finished a 16 miler training for my first ultra, I thought to myself ‘that was a good run, time for some waffles and coffee … oh shit, I have to run double that, plus some in a couple months for the race.’
I continued to train and completed my first ultra (Kal-Haven Trail run – 33.5 miles) in April of this year. I loved it and knew as soon as I finished that I needed to do more – go farther.
See – I’ve never been a good runner. At least I haven’t considered myself good. Hell, I don’t even know what good is. Does it mean you can run X distance in Y time? All I know is when I ran in high school everyone beat me. I haven’t gotten any faster. I do believe I have endurance – I enjoy pushing myself physically, and mentally, to run farther. I enjoy the planning that goes with it and the race strategy. I enjoy being outside in the quiet. I love it.
Ever since ran that first marathon, I’ve had this thought in the back of my mind that I’d run a 100 miler some day. And now I’ve picked the race – the June 2017 Mohican Trail 100.
I’ll spend 2016 training for a summer 50 miler and build upon that into 2017 for my first 100 miler. I’ve already started putting together the list of races for 2016. I’m guessing there will be another 50 miler in there between August 2016 and June 2017 as I prep for Mohican. If anyone has a suggestion, let me know – something in the Michigan / Indiana / Ohio area would be best for me.
And that’s how I plan, in a nutshell, to run a 100 miler.
Thoughts? Advice for anyone who’s run a 100 miler? I’ve read a 50 miler is twice as hard as a marathon. And that a 100 miler is 4x as hard as a 50 miler.