Sometimes I feel like I'm running in circles.
Running, running, running in circles.
I've been doing a lot of reading about ultras these past few days (thanks Robin for some great links). The one word that I keep seeing repeated over and over about running an ultra is "patience." I'm so excited about the JFK 50 right now that my patience is going to be tested to the max just waiting for the doggone thing. Yes, I said doggone.
Oh, and I still have a marathon to train for. At this point I don't think my marathon training will change much. I'll put some extra time on my feet on the weekends, probably in the form of walking with some running sprinkled in. I don't want to get so excited about the 50 that I go off the deep end with my training. Patience.
Sadie and I got up early this morning to run a big circle around town. The run felt good. And Sadie seems to be getting her energy back. She's doing well, though she still has some swelling around the area where she was operated on. It looks like it will take a while for it to completely disappear.
There were quite a few bikers on the roads this morning. Some of the were going pretty fast and I couldn't help but wonder whether they are doping or not. I guess that goes to show you the sad state that professional cycling is in right now. I've never been a die hard cycling fan, but I've been a huge Tour de France fan for the past 5 or so years. This year I'm completely turned off by it and all the doping and scandals. I'll just stick with my sparkling clean Major League Baseball. Yep, no drugs and nothing less than the most honest athletes in baseball...
Today: 9.5 miles
Keep Running! (even if it's in circles...)
I think it will be AWESOME!! I'm really looking forward to seeing how you progress with this. Hardcore my friend, hardcore. I forgot to ask last time, but what did your Dad say about it? I'm just curious (ok nosy :P you don't have to answer if you don't want) I think you'll be fine, but I've never ran 50 miles so what the hell do I know LOLReplyDelete
Doing an ultra strikes me as an exercise in patience. One way to cope is to have a plan :-) I'm funny like that. I can assure you, those of us who are in the back and middle of the pack when we cycle, don't dope. It's all real world stuff for us...ReplyDelete
Upon returning home from a recent long run I slumped down on the floor in utter exhaustion and obvious pain, agony and despair. Janie asked if I was still happy with running. I replied I couldn't be happier. She laughed and said you have a most unusual hobby of self torture. And then you are asking your children to join you. I am very excited about Scott sharing my passion for Ultras. I just hope I won't slow him down too much...ReplyDelete
marcy - i think the comment from "man on the run" was directed to you. i didn't even have to ask him for you. he's just nosy and reads all my comments.ReplyDelete
Awesome news that you signed up for JFK. That one is definitely on my list of future ultras I would like to do. Portland first and then keep on training.ReplyDelete
OMG I didn't know Dad was in here!! Hi Dad!! Ohhh dear now I have to clean up my foul mouth :-X :-X LOL And he even gave you a compliment!! Dang!!ReplyDelete
LOL, Yes I agree, I've been watching the Tour since I was 12 and this year has really been crazy. Glad to her Sadie is doing well. 50 Miles, wahoo, I've really been thinking about the ultra's lately...hmm!:)ReplyDelete
Patience..Patience..oh what a virtue....sounds good doesn't it. I think it would take a special dose of patience to think about doing an ultra, much less to do one....ReplyDelete
I can finally say that I've done 100 miles in one month...but 50 in a single race...oh that messes with the mind....good luck
Hi Marcy! I thought it was very nice of you to ask about my thoughts on Scott's new adventure. I suspect he will be just as successful at trail running and ultras as he has been with everything else he has decided to do. And I'm very impressed with his blogger support team...Sorry Scott, for being so nosy. It's fun. What can I say;) And Marcy don't worry about what you say. I'm not really looking...ReplyDelete
i'm glad sadie is doing well, and i love your blog's new look! you are fancy :) so, how ultras are different from regular marathons is what i wanna know. i shall look it up!ReplyDelete
An ultra? And you almost called me crazy?ReplyDelete
And yes, the Spice Girls do rock. Seriously.
Way to go Scott, not having done a marathon yet you're certainly not short of guts to sign up for an ultra already. Good luck with it. Hope the training goes well.ReplyDelete
Patience eh? well I guess I'm out for an Ultra :PReplyDelete
I know your going to do great! Keep your chin up.
Maybe we can attach that green balloon painted on your wall to your ass to get you over the finish line :D
Marcy, seriously didnt' know that was Scotts dad? LOL!!!
I am so turned off by the Tour this year that I am no longer following it!! Keep the sport clean and give children something to dream about.ReplyDelete
New goals are always wonderful. It gives you a new found energy and I for one live for it!!
i'm always surprised i don't run into you on my runs- there are only so many places to run longer distances in this town! i thought about dropping by your house saturday morning, but it was uphill---and i was towards mile 13-so i opted to just keep running straight on the flat!ReplyDelete
50 miles will require seroius patience!
oh- i just got my new bike! shane and i are having a big transfusion party soon before the next ride, so come on over!
Ugh, I am beyond frustrated with all this garbage in professional sports. Not fun trying to explain to an 8-year-old why even though they (pro athlete) are super strong or fast, they aren't someone to be looked up to. Cheaters just ain't winners, baby.ReplyDelete
I'm with Marcy though and just excited to watch you and your progress for the 50 mile!