“Beware of the company you keep. See that you associate with the right type of people.” -Dada Vaswani
Here’s the thing about having fit friends: I like to say they’re the best-worst influence — not only do they encourage you to push your limits, but hanging out with them also tends to shift your frame of reference on the crazy scale.
Case in point: Running an ultramarathon (more than 26.2 miles). It was never really on my radar…until I started marathon training with the always-encouraging Pavement Runner and working with ever-amazing Jamie Walker, both of whom have completed many ultras of assorted distances.
Slowly my mindset started changing from, “Who would want to do that?” to “I wonder if I could do that?” to “I think I want to try that!”
Throw in an upcoming 30-something birthday at the end of May, and suddenly signing up for a race of 30-odd miles (50K) that same weekend solidified into a plan.
Oddly enough, Jamie’s said it’s actually easier (in some ways) than a marathon because the approach is completely different; whereas there’s pressure to run the entire 26.2 on the roads, an ultra on the trails is a different beast where pacing is the name of the game.
I got my first taste of it at the Lake Chabot 30K in February, but with this month’s triathlon, I haven’t had as much time to train and/or hit the trails as I’d like. But, regardless, my plan is to stay conservative and to try to finish, injury-free, in about six or seven hours.
Stay tuned for my mini-plan for training in these final weeks leading up to the event, including what I’ll be packing to keep me happy come race day!
Would you ever attempt an ultra? If so, how’d it go? If not, what are your thoughts about where I fall on that crazy scale? 🙂