Ultrarunning Part Deux

Ultrarunning Part Deux

On August 4th at midnight, I will be competing in my second ultrarun and am super stoked about this one.  51K near Highway 51 at Area 51.  It's going to be an awesome run, especially with the late night scene.  After my last run at Lovell Canyon in Las Vegas I realized that endurance runs are what I enjoy doing.  There is something you feel when embarking on a long run and knowing that you will be running for the next 5-12 hours.  It forces you to train yourself to be calm and manage not only your energy, but your emotions as well.  There is no doubt that everyone will hit that dreaded wall of emotion, where you feel like you just can't go on and you want to just quit the race.  The point where you want to just make it easier by walking or by letting yourself rest.  It's the other side of that wall that is important, because you always have to remember that you will hit a wall, but you will have a positive upslope.  

After my 50K in April, I was looking for the next race.  The dilema was to do another similar distance run or try and jump into 50miles.  I decided to do a second run at the same distance to give myself time to train for a 50mile run and ultimately, a 100 miler.  I look at it this way, my running career is just beginning and I have all the time in the world to increase my distance.  I might as well do it in a safe and slow way.  So the plan goes as follows……51K in August 2012, 11 day climb in Ecuador in Dec 2012, 50miler around the first quarter of 2013, and a 100 mile run by the end of 2013.  My ultimate goal, complete my first 100 mile run.  

I think this run will be a good test to see how my body does after a long day followed by running for 5+ hours in the dark .  I have been doing the majority of my runs in the morning, EARLY, morning.  because it is such a pleasant part of the day for me.  I love waking up before most of the world hears that first alarm.  I love running out on the roads, few cars, few people other then those who are morning exercisers as well.  Now I am a realist and I understand that waking at 3am to run before working 9 hours is difficult, but if you let your body adjust, the run can actually boost your energy for the day.  Getting your workout in early also allows you to relax and unwind after a day's work.  If you are one of us fortunate few who have the ability to catnap, it can be a nice recharge in the middle of the day.  

 

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