Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Headed In A New Direction

So many of you (mostly the people I know personally) are saying "huh?" to my latest race registration. (Especially since I just posted this for my 2013 Goals) For those who may not know, I "retired" from marathon running. I said I didn't know if I would ever run another marathon, I have ZERO desire to run one. Honestly, 26.2 miles of running on the road just doesn't do it for me. Many people love a road marathon (yes, Jamie, I'm talking about you!) but me, I could not get excited about it even though I'm super excited for Katie to run her first marathon this year. I thought maybe I would try to train and run that one with her. Nope. Still couldn't get excited.

Yesterday (New Year's Day), I registered for the Playin' Possum 50k. It's NOT a marathon. At least I stuck to my word on that one.... However, it's an ULTRA marathon. (For any non-runners, an Ultra Marathon is any race distance that goes farther than 26.2 miles) Yes, I'm running MORE THAN 26.2 miles, in fact it's something like 31 miles.  WHAT?!

See, I love running trails. I love the relaxed feel to trail running. Sure, some people run fast. Ok, most people run much faster than me on the trails. I'm slow and I don't care. Since starting trail running last January, I've thought of a 50k. But, I didn't have many trail running friends and since I'm a huge klutz, it didn't feel smart for me to run solo. However, I've been meeting more trail running friends and our local Fleet Feet has started hosting trail runs a couple weekends a month.

Still, I wasn't going to do this in 2013. I was going to concentrate on shorter distances (sorry Jeff!) I was going to try for a huge PR in the half marathon distance. But for some reason, that didn't have me excited. I was searching for something to get me excited for 2013.

Then a friend posted that there was a 50k coming to one of the local state parks. Uh oh. I started looking into it. I found their facebook page. I followed their facebook page. (you can see where I'm going with this, right?). I saw this on their site:

Registration is now open for the Playin’ Possum 50K trail run, the Columbus area's first trail ultramarathon!  Located in the beautiful, Delaware State Park, the Course offers a variety of scenic terrain, which is very runnable and less technical than some trail ultramarathons.  This race is ideal for both first time and veteran ultra runners alike!

How was I supposed to say no to that? An "ideal for both first time and veteran ultra runners" 50k that isn't far away? No over-night stay needed. My family can come and go as they want. Plus, I got $10 off my registration for signing up yesterday. I am committed to my first 50k. (or maybe I should BE committed? Hmmm....) Maybe for me, I need the challenge of something new instead of just faster.... I don't know. I do know that I'm excited about this new challenge. I am (mostly) not intimidated by tackling a new distance. Not quite sure WHY I feel compelled to try this after I had my mind made up for this year. Regardless, here I go!

So, I'll apologize to my family and friends for saying that I was done with marathoning.... I'll apologize in advance to my wonderful husband for the time I will spend running these next 5 months.... And I'll beg you, my awesome readers, for ANY advice you have for training for an ultra.

Now I just need to find a training plan....

Have you run an Ultra Marathon? What plan did you use? Any tips for me as I start on this new journey?

17 comments:

  1. I know you will support me. I will be there to cheer you on!

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    1. Thanks, Katie! I can't wait to cheer you/help run you into the finish at your marathon!!!

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  2. I know you will support me. I will be there to cheer you on!

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  3. Awesome Anne! You're going to rock this 50K ... btw, MARATHONS ARE AWESOME :)

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    1. Thanks, Jay! Marathons aren't for everyone... :) Maybe we'll see you in May?!

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  4. So excited for you!! I can't wait to see you cross the finish line! :)

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  5. I'm really interested in the Playin' Possum 50K too. Truthfully, I'm a bit scared but I'm sure it would be amazing (after it's over, at least)!

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    1. One of my favorite quotes.... "If you're dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough". Ever new distance freaks me out a little bit, but this one has me more excited than anything! Let me know if you run it so we can meet!

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  6. I just told Mrs. Goat that I'd verified this one fits in my calendar and she told me I "had to read Anne's blog."
    Now I need to work through the mental hurdle of fitting in the training amongst my other spring targets.
    That's a long winded self indulgent version of Woo-hoo for you, go tear it up. Hope to see you there.

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    1. Yay, Mr. Goat! Great news. I'm glad that there will be some familiar faces there. Let me know if you want me to tell you about any of our weekend trail runs that we do. The more the merrier!

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  7. I'm so excited for you and I can't wait to read about your training. I've never done any trail running and since most ultras are at least partially on trails, I haven't been able to consider one yet. Maybe one day, I'll get there. Can't wait to follow your training!

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    1. Thanks, Kristen! At one time I was afraid of trails, but as soon as I got out on them I realized how much fun they are! I hope you get to try out the trails soon

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  8. WooHoo!! You are going to have fun with this one. It looks like I may be running this one too. If not I will be volunteering. You are going to ROCK this!

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    1. Thanks, Andrew. It looks like a great intro into the world of ultra running. Hope to see you there!

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