Triathlete or Ultra Runner?

Triathlete or Ultra Runner?

This may seem like a ridiculous question for most and an unecessary one for some.  As I sit here planning my next future athletic endeavor, I wonder which path I should choose.  With my first marathon coming up in about 2 weeks, I can't help but think what's next.  I told a buddy of mine who is an ultra runner/triathlete/younger 20's machine, that I would make the decision barring my finish at the marathon.   I think if I had to choose right this minute I would lean towards the ultra run.  It may seem ridiculous to have ANY desire to run a race of 30, 40, or even 50 miles, but all I can say is, when you get here you will understand.  From the first 5K I ran back in 2007-2008, I never once thought I would be now training for a marathon.  It's just one of those things that grows into a good, challenging habit. It's what keeps me from succumbing to stress.  It helps me relax.  It helps me motivate others to achieve things they didn't think they could.  Running is my miracle drug!  

I have toyed around with the idea of training for a triathlong or ultra run next year and still cannot decide.   My thing is, both can be done at some point, but which wil be the first?  With the marathon at the end of October and perhaps another one before year end, I guess I have time to decide and plan it.  I've been reading many articles and many recounts of past races by other athletes, which is helpful.  A big cue for me is the feeling I get while reading as people relive their experience.  Reading about someone's journey as they run for 12 hours straight, makes me feel motivated and ready to tackle my own!  That being said, I will be sure to update on my own personal experience with the training in the hopes I can help another aspiring athlete do the same. 

Leave a Comment Here's Your Chance to Be Heard!