If you’re a regular listener of the podcast, you know that every time I have an ultra distance runner on the show, I always have to ask what makes him or her want to go beyond 26.2 miles.
And you also know that no matter what their answer is, I always tell them there is no way I can imagine going any farther.
Yeah, about that.
I’ve been warming up to the idea of venturing into ultra-ville for a few months now, and I seriously think it’s time for me to give an ultra a shot.
I mean, why the hell not?
The Race I’m Eyeing
Deciding to try an ultra, especially with how poorly I’ve been doing when it comes to logging mileage this year, may sound like a stretch. That said, there is a method to my madness.
I’m the kind of runner that needs a race on the calendar to really help me step up my training, both in mileage and intensity. While I have recently added a couple of races to my fall calendar (Florida 10 Series in October, Disney’s Wine and Dine Half in November), I know I can do both of those races without too much stress when it comes to training.
I’m not trying to sound cocky, but as long as I can get a few long runs in before either of those races, I know I’ll be able to finish with a somewhat respectable time.
But an ultra? That is going to take some serious drive and some serious commitment to training, which is exactly what I need right now.
So, I’m looking at signing up for the the Bulow Woods Trail Race and Ultra in December in Ormond Beach, FL. I’m choosing this race as my first ultra for a couple of reasons:
- It’s “only” a 50k.
- It should be super flat.
- My in-laws live in Flagler Beach, which is just 15 minutes from Ormond, so travel on race day won’t be an issue and it won’t cost me a hotel room. (Yes, I’m a cheapskate)
- It’s not that expensive. (See above)
I Guess That’s That
So with that, I guess I’m going to actually try an ultra. I think deep down I always knew I’d do it eventually, but I really didn’t think it would come this year. Or even this decade.
But I do think it will be a good thing, and it will definitely give me more drive to get more mileage in, especially those long runs that I’m none to keen about doing if I don’t have a big race on the calendar already.
If any of you guys have any tips, tricks, or advice for me as I start to gear up for this race, I’d really appreciate it if you’d share it with me! This is definitely uncharted waters for me, and I’ll take all the advice I can get!
You didn’t really think I was going to sign up for an ultra this year, did you? I’m fairly certain I will try an ultra one day, but it won’t be this year!