Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Really BIG decision!



I was just on a run with my running buddy discussing our fall race schedules. I told him what I had lined up and asked what he was planning on doing. I knew he had not signed up for anything after the Rock N Roll  Virginia Beach half marathon  which was on Labor day weekend. Last year I told him about my 50 miler relay at Tussey Mountain and told him they offer the Ultra race as well,  meaning you would complete all 50 miles solo. We have talked about it a few times this summer.  This is the same running buddy that I did my first Ultra with last December so talking about Ultra's now isn't really out of the ordinary like it once had been. 
This is me last year during the Tussey mountain 50 miler relay!


It wasn’t until the other day when we were talking about races that he said, I am really thinking about signing up for the 50 miler”.  I would love to run it with him, but it's only three weeks after I would have run the Chicago Marathon!  And then I have the Lumiere's two course challenge the following weekend.  Boy I just don't know.  That seems like a lot!  

  Of course this would not be for time.  It would be just for the accomplishment in itself. I’m afraid that he is going to sign up, because if he does, you know I won’t be able to see him run it and not feel like I am missing out.  Well one thing I will have on my side is having a marathon completed shortly before that, so I will already be well trained, even though 50 miles is a lot more than 26.2. Final decision will need to be made soon so.  -L     Any thoughts?

32 comments:

  1. Oh wow, that would be quite the challenge to take on, especially with the races you have before and afterwards. But I know that you can do anything that you put your mind to, Lacey. :)

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  2. I would call it insane, but that's just me, lol! Go with your gut and if you have any apprehension, ignore it! :)

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  3. I guess you just have to decide if you feel like devoting all the time to the training. If you want to, do it! I think clearly you want to run a 50 miler at some point, you just need to decide if NOW is the time. Only you know that! Of course you can do it, it's just, do you want to? Only you know that!

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  4. That would be a lot for me to take on, but you've done it before so that's different! I'd say, like Kimberly, go with your gut!

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    1. Well I have done a 50k but never tackled a 50 miler.

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  5. Wow that sounds like a lot of miles! I think you need to assess whether you have the time to train for this and also if your body is ready for it. Good luck!

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    1. Yes. That is something I need to take into consideration.

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  6. lots of miles especially so soon after a marathon. I think it really comes down to if you think you can get in a long training run either before the marathon or after.

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  7. Oh wow! A very important decision! So you would be using your marathon as a training run? I hope you make the best decision for yourself, can't wait to hear what that is!

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  8. Wow, that's a lot of miles after Chicago and before Wine and Dine! I'm sure you can do it but I think the harder question may be do you want to :)

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  9. I think it depends a lot on how you are feeling in your current training cycle. Are you battling any aches and pains? Mentally are you feeling motivated? Does the schedule permit for all the additional training time?

    Physically I know you can do it, but I second Chaitali's comment on determining whether you truly WANT to do it. =)

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    1. That is true. But yes physically I am feeling good.

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  10. I think it's a bit soon after a marathon, but you know your body best! I ran 10 miles the week after my second marathon and ended up really hurt so I know for me I need rest after that sort of distance! Best of luck either way!

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    1. It is very soon get a marathon and I would not wanna risk an injury.

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  11. I agree with Megan - if you feel like you want to and now is the right time for you, then go for it! Long distance races are all about passion; if you're not excited to do it, you're going to really suffer while you train for it!

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  12. Oh wow, that sounds like an epic challenge. But, I am sure you can do it :)

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  13. So I have really mixed feelings about running an ultra. It feels like everyone is doing it, and I think that puts a lot of pressure on us abstainers. I don't think it's for me. But if you want to do it, you should go for it!

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  14. Wow, a 50-miler! You'll have just done the marathon so seems like a good running-off point in terms of fitness/endurance, unless you think it might be TOO much. It is a difficult decision!
    Now is definitely not the right time for me to train/run anything further than a half marathon but I always have in the back of mind the dream of someday doing a 50-miler.

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  15. Wow, I couldn't imagine doing that but it would be awesome. Im excited to hear what you decide!

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  16. I'm a believer that everything happens for a reason...and I can totally see how you would have FOMO symptoms if your friend signs up! I say if you feel good, go for it!

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  17. Can't wait to hear what you decide! Could you do the marathon as a build up to the 50-miler?

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  18. You are a better woman than me. I once did a 50 mile relay race (awesome experience), but could not ever imagine running it solo ... looking forward to your decision, but regardless you've got a great Fall lineup!

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  19. Like you said......you will be well trained! Go for it!

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  20. That's such a tough challenge for me but it's completely different for you because you've done it before. So my advice is that if you want, you can! Get ready and go with your gut! Fighting!!

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  21. That's a lot to me. But may not for you. Try again and finish it. Remember to train hard before

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  22. It's a good chance to train though it's really tough. Looking forward to your decision!

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