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!