Taking time off of running forced me to take a step back and really think about what I wanted to do once I was healthy again. More than once, I have fallen into a pattern and get sucked into the next thing without really taking a step back to decide if that’s what I really want to be doing with my running. I wanted to make sure that didn’t happen this time.
Just because I ran a 50 miler in April, doesn’t mean I have to do another one this year, let alone ever. Just because I loved the long trail runs this spring, doesn’t mean I might want to hit the track again and see if I could find some speed in a marathon or a shorter distance. Just because ultra training rediscovered my passion for running doesn’t mean that I might not want to go back to what I used to do with marathon training.
But yet, it kind of does.
I thought a lot about what I missed the most during my couple weeks on the sidelines. I missed the long runs. I missed the dirt. I missed the hills. I missed the back to back long runs. I missed everything about ultra training the most.
So now I will finally start saying yes I know what is next. Yes I am signed up for another big race. Yes I am going to do it again.
December 1st, Marin Headlands, North Face Endurance Challenge 50 miler.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do this race or not, but a few weeks ago when emails started flying around that it was going to sell out soon, I couldn’t let that happen without me being one of those people. Since then I have been so excited thinking about training and the awesome adventure that will come on race day.
I will continue to build a strong base during July, then training will start again sometime in August. This is going to be a whole different ballgame when it comes to a 50 miler. The course is drastically different than American River 50 with all trails and a lot of climbing. It’s going to be so fun.