This weekend's training plan consists of 24 miles at Bear Mountain. Jared and I are setting out early Saturday morning, checking into our hotel and beginning the run. I really want to familiarize myself as much as possible with the course since it is my first ultra. I'm a Nervous Nelly when it comes to heights and I need to see if there are any "problem areas" for me.
What is a great runner? Immediately you think to your running idols whose names usually include - Meb, Shalane, Kara and Rupp, or. if you aspire to be an ultra-marathoner – S. Jurek, A. Krupicka, A. Trason and J. Shelton. They move agilely over cement or technical terrain with the leg speed of a cheetah. They start at the front of the line, clock speedy times, win races, get sponsorships, get free entry into the race of their choosing and never seem to have a bad day.
I was in the middle of my daily 3 mile run when a prior day's question rang through my head. "What is your hobby?" I didn't have anything that I did for enjoyment for myself. So I thought, "What do I do daily?" I ran, but that wasn't for enjoyment. I ran because I wanted to keep some sort of fitness level. A hobby you get good at, right? I wasn't really good at running. A hobby you love, right? I didn't love running, it hurt. I couldn't think of anything else that I made time for each day so I concluded that day's run with Goal 1 - to run further than I have in the past and become a better runner.
An article on the Caumsett 50k Championships with mentions of Jared and Fred.
Aspiring adult with a love for running, travel and food (especially peanut butter!). Training for her second ultra marathon.