For the past couple months my dad and I have been casually discussing what would be the first ultra marathon that we run together. The last couple weeks it has gotten a bit serious. We were thinking we would wait for something in the spring when I would for sure be ready for one. Well, we both don't want to wait until spring, so we've been on the lookout for something before then, something either near me or near him (he lives in Washington DC). We found one and sent in our race applications today for the:
JFK 50 Mile Run, November 17, 2007.
This looks like a great one for a first one. I think it's the largest ultra in the United States. One of the oldest, too. Sounds like it is a wonderfully organized event. Lot's of aid stations. Relatively easy course (for a 50 miler). Lot's of support. I feel good about it. It will be just over a month after the Portland Marathon so I don't have any illusions that I'll be in great ultra-running shape, or even good ultra-running shape, but I do think I'll be in shape enough to finish it. And that's the goal. Finish it. Call me crazy. Seriously.
I doubt I'm the first person to ever sign up for an ultra without having even completed a regular marathon. But I've been so inspired by some of the runners out there in blog land and how they've tested themselves and pushed themselves in whatever they're running - especially those crazy nuts running the ultras. So much so that I just can't wait to do the same. So there it is. (Boy am I going to feel silly if I totally bonk at Portland...)
Back to the now - Sadie and I hit some trails up on Moscow Mt. this evening. I felt good and Sadie felt tired. She didn't chase as many squirrels as usual. Don't know the exact distance but I'm guessing around 7 miles. Did my regular ~5.5 mile Headwaters Loop plus some.
Today - 7 miles
JFK 50...ah man, I'm feeling the pressure already.