So I know I haven’t been on here lately, thought I would document on how this ultra thing is going. In case you didn’t know I’m training for the Cowtown Ultra Marathon on 2/23. What I have found is that when you train for an ultra, everything you do becomes “ultra”. I have found myself, not only doing the extra ultra-mileage in training, but eating ultra. My caloric intake is off the charts, I’m eating everything that moves, always hungry. I sleep ultra, naps have been longer, and I have to get at least 7 hours of sleep or I’m not “right”. Everything seems to be going well though, I think I owe a lot to the lower body weight training which I have been doing as well. I have had several long runs over 20 miles now including back to back 26 and 25 mile weeks. The 26 mile training run I had on 2/23 went so well and I was able to actually able to pick up my pace toward that last 3-4 miles of the run with no problem. I ran 10 recovery trail miles the very next day on sore legs and that Monday it was like I never even ran.
|How many of you old schoolers remember Ultra Man?|
I was thinking last night about how though I’m training for this, how I will probably push myself to do more later. Especially seeing my mentors complete 50k, 50mile and 100 mile trail races. It’s amazing what we can train the body to do. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be doing something like this. I remember before I ever even thought about taking up running as a hobby and I was weighing over 200 lbs, my supervisor at work whom is a tri-athlete talking about running an ultra-marathon; and in my mind that was something that only a well-trained athlete could do. Not me. Well I guess I can call myself a well-trained athlete now. J