I have officially started my 50k training! I have opted for a plan that includes two back to back long runs. This weekend was my second session of these long runs. I did 11 miles on the road yesterday and 6 on trails today. Ideally, I would have run the longer distance on the trails, but fitting everything into a normal person’s life isn’t always ideal. But the trail run today was extra fun, because my husband and daughter joined me for about half of it. But it was a bit frustrating trying to convince my 8 year old daughter that I needed to carry the Nathan hydration pack – it just won’t fit her.
50k – am I crazy? January 3, 2013
1. Complete an ultra trail run (50k or longer)
Today, over my lunch time, I had my first run of the year. I am lucky to have found a few running buddies that work near my office and we are able to crank out a 5 mile run during my lunch hour. Winter mornings are dark and cold in January, so it is especially nice to have a noon time run. Also having others to run with helps get me out the door when my lazy self would choose to watch old 30 Rock episodes on Hulu or the Guild on Geek and Sundry (actually these are so short I sneak them in during my stretches or wolfing down my post run peanut butter sandwich).
My running buddies are ultra runners and dedicated trail runners. Therefore they don’t question my mental health when I talk of running a 50k (31 mile) trail run. But, yes, my husband, various relatives, coworkers, and a myriad of friends and acquaintances think the idea is absurd. And to be honest, I think so too. However, I am not deterred by absurdity and find this character only makes the idea more appealing. A 50k is longer than a marathon, by about 5 miles, but somehow the unfamiliar quality of the metric system makes 50k seem less intimidating.
Since I currently have a good running base and winter is a better time to train in Oklahoma than the summer, I have picked a spring event to run. I start my official training plan next week for the Lake McMurtry Trail Run on April 6.
Happy New Year! January 1, 2013
Day 1 of the year I turn 40!
I am excited to get started on my 40th year adventure. I have started telling friends and family about my list and plans for the year. Everyone has been supportive of my plan and most people think it is a great idea. However, individual items on the list are getting mixed reactions. Several people were astonished that I hadn’t gotten a professional pedicure before. In fact, my neighbor told me that I am only $25 away from bliss. Others were skeptical of my sanity when reading about my plans for a 50k (31 mile) trail run. And my sister laughed out loud at my attempt to catch up with my PBS pledges.
Yet, today is a holiday, so I just plan to relax with my family and start on my list in earnest tomorrow!