If you goal doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you! And let me tell you the Fall 50 scares the living daylights out of me.
So I should probably start with I am a hot mess as a runner. If you tell me about a cool event chances are I’m in…no questions asked, but when my good friend Katie brought up running the Fall 50 solo this year to say I was hesitant is an understatement. I have been running forever, but didn’t get serious (or obsessed as my husband would say) until this past year. I ran my 1st marathon 9 years ago. Between 2007-2014 I ran 3 more marathons, then in 2015 I decided I wanted to put my money where my mouth was and finally get back into running with consistency.
I started back at things and ran the HFM Maritime Marathon in June 2015 followed by 8 more marathons and 2 ultras (6 hour & 50k) between July-November of this year. I didn’t really have a plan I followed that was formal. I run 5-6 days a week with one long run usually Saturday or Sunday. I built my miles with a 10% increase each week until I got to 20 before HFM. Then maintained with an 18-26 mile long run each weekend for the remainder of the summer. I took a break and backed off my training after my last marathon November 1st and now I am building up for the Phoenix Marathon Feb 26th.
So why so hesitant about the Fall 50??? I’m not fast, but super stubborn. My marathon PR this year was 4:34, but my average marathon is more like 4:40. In the 50k I did this summer I ran a 6:50, which makes me nervous for the cut off of the Fall 50 at roughly 11 hours. I’m not a spring chicken anymore (37), but I handle high miles well and recover relatively fast, still this time crunch concerns me. I was given excellent advice once by an individual to challenge myself with the the things that I think are impossible…the Fall 50 feels like an enormous goal – perfect for 2016.
Katie (gulp) – I’m in! Let’s do this. Fall 50 solo here we come. Training will for sure challenge us and crossing that finish line for sure change us. I’m terrified and excited. Let the fun begin.
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