On Sunday, to my amazement they televised parts of the Badwater Ultramarathon. I think probably one of the hardest races in the planet. A 135 mile run through "Death valley". If the location of the race doesn't scare you , I'm not sure what will. The reason I was fascinated by this race is because I have been contemplating how to train for my debut as a UltraMarathon runner at the McNaughton Park Trail Run 50 miler. A race I have been conjuring up in my head ever since completing my 50k ultramarthon in 2005. A race I did pretty well in, for me anyway, I finished in the top 20% and realized I found a race that had slower people than me, OMG, it really does exist. But the best part is I had a great time doing it. The people were great and racers super friendly.
But in the UltraMarathon world, they say a 50k is just a marathon with a warm-up and cool down, so my quest for UltraRunner status was on. Not sure why I want to do this really, but why do we do a IronMan, Yes because of the race, but the status of calling ourselves an IronMan if we are lucky enough to finish.
So I have been looking though the internet for training plans, yada, yada, yada. I thought to myself do I really want to be on a schedule again. Not really, I don't want to hear the buzzer go off at 5:00 am right now. So I found a 24 week and 16 week UltraMarathon training plan. So guess which one I'm choosing? Looking through the plan, the runs during the weekend they call "sandwich" days. Which means running 3 hours on Saturday and then running 4 hours on Sunday. Close to a marathon run every weekend, do I really want to do this right now?
But the gauntlet has been thrown and the dye has been cast, and approval had been given (aka the wife). But for now, I started to run again, I'm in sort of a 5 week plan for the Chicago Marathon. I was going to be a total slacker during the race, but since I know a bunch of people racing it, and quite honestly I was a little disappointed at my IronMan marathon run, I have something to prove to myself and get a little confidence back in my step.
So for now. Little road biking, some swimming, back to the masters swim class in a week or 2. Lots of small runs and contemplating if I really want run for 13 hours plus in a hilly, stream crossing trail run they call McNaughton. And of course wear my IronMan gear whenever I can.
Oh, it finally was the start of when you had to pay your IMWI Wisconsin fee, Oh yeah, I'm totally in now. Goal is to drop an 1 hour off this years time. It will be a great year next year, I can feel it.