To run or not to run.
First things first. I have not mentioned this to hubby. If and when he reads this it will pretty much be the first he hears of this. In my defence I did not want to ask him to watch the kids solo for a bazillion hours if I was not going to run. SO I decided to wait and wait and wait….and then I waited so long I just said nothing…not the best plan but I am not the smartest girl.
When is the race you ask? Oh just this Sunday.
I signed up for this race the day it opened. There is a 100 participant limit and it was free. Yes free. This confuses me – I didn’t have to pay a darn thing to sign up, which is pretty cool in my book.
Baby C turns one tomorrow which in a roundabout way is why I signed up.
Until you have a baby you don’t really understand what a birthday means to a mom. Sure it’s his birthday but its the day I GAVE BIRTH. It is a big deal for me. This time last year I was getting ready for some serious pain [anyone who tells you labor doesn’t hurt is either insane or lying to you]. In celebrating all that I have accomplished in the year since he was born and in the 6 years since I first found out I was pregnant with #1 – I wanted to do something that I never thought possible. I want to DREAM big. I want to run my first ultra in 2011.[11 is my favorite number so of course I would want to run an ultra during the month of November in 2011]
It’s ONLY a 50K. Which makes me laugh that I say only – since 30 miles is a LONG way to go. It is also on trails which means there is no sub 4 hour finish in my future. I’m guessing if I run it will take me somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 hours, but I am okay with that. I don’t care about my time – I want to finish. I want to push through my limits.
So now that I told you how much I want to run it let me tell you that up until today I thought I was going to back out of it. I just ran 2 marathons. I don’t want to get injured. I don’t want hubby to roll his eyes when I tell him about another crazy running adventure I want to go on [in fairness to him it’s sort of ridiculous that I’ve run 5 marathons this year – most people don’t run 5 marathons in a life time let alone in the first year post baby #3 – when I think about it it reminds me that he is a pretty awesome husband] I want to add ultra runner to my bio. Is this silly? I think not.
I started to write my race recap for Marine Corps Marathon and made it to where I was skipping to the start and it clicked. I REALLY want to run 30 miles this weekend. I know it will be hard. I know I may not actually do it. But I really want to.
What do you think? Run or rest? Thoughts? Advice? Have you done an ultra? If I run want to come run some with me? I REALLY don’t know what to do…..
I even ordered these awesome shoes for the race!