Monday, October 19, 2015

My Biggest Race Yet


The other day I did something I didn't think I would ever do. Now don't get me wrong it was always a goal of mine, but I didn't think it would actually happen.

Let me start out by saying that the running community is very special and it is always nice to count on your running friends for motivation. Whether it is to help push you through a run or convincing you to sign up for a race, they are there. And that is just what happened.
My marathon running friend and motivator David.




With a little nudge from my runner friend David, I signed up for my first 50K this winter. My friend and I have been debating about signing up for this race for a while now.  After finding out that there were only 20 spots left because registration closes at 300 runners, my friend told me he signed up. He said if I decided to run it, he promised he would stay with me during the race. I decided to take the plunge and sign up. Knowing that my friend will be running a marathon two weeks prior to the 50k, he said he just wanted to run it for fun, because that is what us runners call fun, right? Just running a 50kJ


 The 50K is at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach this December. I used to live there and enjoyed running those trails all the time. After I signed up I was asked if I was going to blog about it. At first I wasn't going to. What if I couldn't fulfill the commitment, what if I get injured before, or just not prepared enough for it? But after thinking about it I knew that it would hold me accountable by announcing it. Also, I would love any tips from anyone that has run a 50K in the past. -L

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  1. Oh Lacey, that's so exciting! Remind me of the race dates closer to the time and I'll come cheer :) -C

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    1. Of course I will. It is the 19th of Dec. That's be great to see you while I'm down there.

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  2. Haha that picture of the little girl is hilarious. I know a lot of people that would consider it if there was a medal at the end of it.
    I am excited for you. 50km sounds epic!

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    1. Thanks. He actually sent that to me bc that was one of my questions for the 50K bc I never ran one and I heard some don't give u a medal. He says that is so me.

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  3. Congrats on taking the plunge, Lacey! Good luck with your training! I'm sure you'll rock the race.

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    1. Thanks. I hope so. My training is going well so far.

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  4. I totally understand the attraction! I've not done anything longer than a marathon but I'm excited for you!

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  5. Yay I am glad you are taking the plunge! You will love it. :) My advice is to train on the terrain of the race course. Try to get out on similar trails.

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    1. Thanks for the advise. I'm gonna try that but the only trail near my house is completely flat. I need to do a little research.

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  6. That is really exciting! I cant wait to hear more about how it goes for you!

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    1. Thanks. I am excited as well and have been logging more miles recently.

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  7. Wow, that's exciting! I look forward to hearing about it so I'm glad you made the decision to include blogging about it.

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    1. Thanks. I thought it'd only help me by hearing other reader's suggestions.

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  8. Wow- that is so impressive! Good luck : ) Also, I feel like I have seen 100 different versions of that meme, but this one is by far the best one I've seen yet!

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    1. Thanks. Yeah that pic makes me laugh everytime I see it. Especially since he sent that to me saying that is so you.

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  9. How exciting!!! Congrats and we want to hear all about it!

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    1. I'll be sure to blog about my experience. It'll be here before I know it.

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  10. This is so exciting! I know you're going to do a great job and I can't wait to follow your journey :) I have no tips since I've never run anything longer than a marathon. I will have to quote my favorite show (How I Met Your Mother). Step 1- run. There is no step 2.

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    1. Haha. That's a good one. And so true. Just putting one got in front of the other. You will get to the finish.

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  11. Wow, 50k. I saved that meme to use at some point too. Sanity goes out the window if I can get some good bling.

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    1. I know right. It says we receive a finishing award. I hope it's more than just a congratulations certificate.

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  12. SO EXCITING! I am very happy at my 26.2, thank you, but I give major props to all that do this!

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    1. Thanks. I thought you'd be all about the ultra. I mean what's a few more miles:)

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  13. wow, that is a big race. having a friend with you though will make such a difference. my best races have been with friends. good luck with your training I cant wait to see how it turns out!!

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    1. Yes it is. And I am so happy to have my good runninf friend at my side during the whole time.

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  14. A 50K...that's exciting!! Best of luck with your training and I can't wait to see how it goes!

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    1. Thanks. It sounds so exciting now. I'm sure I won't be saying that in two mths...ha

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  15. You are a brave woman! Actually, it sounds like one hell of an adventure, and knowing that you'll have a running buddy with you the entire time will make it even more epic. :)

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    1. Thanks. Well remember we are just running it for "fun". So no pressure right? Haha

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  16. hey... whats a few more miles ;)

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    1. Exactly! That's what I always thought. So why not?

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  17. Exciting! Can't wait to hear how it goes!

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  18. I ran an unofficial 50k in the past (I finished a full marathon and then I had an 6 mile run back to my hotel:) which I decided it would be easier to just keep going right after the finish and only stopped to grab my medal. That is why I call it unofficial:) since it was a bit over a 50k, Honestly, it didn't hurt any worse than the marathon did. I think you'll love it! It's really no different than marathon training goes. I have lots of friends that do them regularly, and they train no differently than they do for a marathon, 5-6 18-20 milers in training is still good enough for a 50k per what I know they do.
    Have fun, I think it's an awesome goal!

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    1. Glad to hear that. I wasn't going to incorporate anything different than I do in training for a marathon. However I am going to try and do some more hills and trail running to get used to running on that terrain.

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  19. Wow that is exciting! Good luck with all your training this fall & look forward to reading all about it

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    1. Thanks. It should be great fall weather for training in.

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  20. Yay!!! So excited for you! I can't wait to hear all about it. New challenges can be scary, but they're also usually the most rewarding!

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  21. What an awesome goal! I am very excited for you!

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    1. Thank you. Another goal I can cross off my bucket list.

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  22. WOW! What a huge race and amazing goal. Best of luck to you! :-D

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  23. What a fun and exciting challenge! It goes to show never say never, right!

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  24. ahhhhh so exciting!!!! What a great new challenge! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  25. I am so glad you decided to share! What a huge undertaking! I am excited for you. Can't wait to hear more about this whole adventure. Also, who doesn't love that meme?!

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  26. Awesome! I almost signed up for this one but we decided to take the kids on vacation instead!! You will rock it!!

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