Happy Running Trails


The time has come for a brand new adventure—one of which I am wholly unprepared, but maybe I’ll just surprise myself! Recently I signed up for my first ultra-marathon—that’s right, you heard it here. I expected more people to tell me I’ve gone insane, but surprisingly not too many have…hmmm does that mean that I already am? Guilty as charged…

Over the last few months I’ve been yearning for a new challenge. Should I sign up for that Olympic distance triathlon (which I still have yet to do), tackle another marathon, stick to the half distance? Right now, the idea of training for a swim-bike-run just felt too daunting of a task to work into my schedule, as the last few months have been incredibly busy with a large work deliverable. And I am committed now to focusing more on growing my IDLife business. But over the last few months I have felt my fitness levels improve immensely.  I feel stronger than I’ve ever been and my competitive spirit has desired to see how much improvement I have made since my last marathon (5 years ago this November). I’ve always been intrigued by the ultra-marathon, especially those that are through peaceful wooded trails.  So when my friend, who has blogged on my site about  ultras she has completed, told me about this race, I checked out the website and said, “ok, I’m in!”

In September I will be running the 12-Hour Adventure Trail Run at Prince William Forest Park.  I have hiked there once and it’s a beautiful part of our National State Park system here in Virginia.  How fitting that this is the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service! With a field capped at 100 runners and a race that only pits you against the clock, I was more eager to hit “Register” since I can run (or walk or crawl) as much or as little as I want.  The only requirement is to complete at least one of the 6.5 mile figure 8 loops.

This may be the craziest fitness adventure yet! Now to buy some trail running shoes (any suggestions?) and figure out my hydration and food plan for the big day!

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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