|October 15, 2012||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
There are a few questions that I’ve been getting on the reg from pretty much everyone in my life since approximately 11:24 am on May 20th. Friends, family members, random runners I’ve met on the trail, my liquor store cashier who gets a visit around 10 am every Saturday morning for two 5 lb bags of ice and a 6 pack, my coworkers, and my neighbors that watch me emerge from my apartment two times a day decked out in running gear are all asking some variation of the following:
“What’s with the switch to ultras?”
“Why do you like trail running better than road running all of a sudden?”
“No more marathoning? I thought that was your thing.”
To which I keep responding: “What the hell are you people talking about?”
So let me be clear and state for the record: I did not choose ultras over all other race distances. I am not done with marathons. Or roads. And spoiler alert, I’m also not about to declare that I’m back to road running for good, because really, people, why the hell should I have to choose? That would be like asking me to permanently enter into a monogamous relationship with craft beer over dirty martinis, andre, and nuun cocktails. And I’m just not ready to make that commitment. Nor should I ever have to, because as far as I’m concerned, a girl can certainly have all of the above.
And the same goes for ultra running, trail running, marathoning, and road races. I would like to order a great big helping of all of the above, please and thanks.
My recent flirtation with trails and ultra running was never meant to replace road races or good old fashioned marathons. The last few months have been a bit of an experiment to see if I like high mileage running enough to ADD ultras to my running schedule. Emphasis on “add.” And after loving pretty much every stride of three 50ks and a 50 miler over the course of the last 4.5 months, I can say with great certainty that ultra running is here to stay.
But, I am far from done with marathons.
Even better, I’m pretty anxious to get back to the 26.2 mile distance.
I love, love, loved the 50 miler (yes, I know, I still haven’t written a race report, blah blah blah) but I also miss running fast (for me) and I’m mentally and physically ready to change things up again.
So that’s what I’m going to do. At least for the next few months.
On January 27th, I’ll be toeing the line at the Carlsbad Marathon. And for the 15 weeks until then, I’ll be busting my ass to make sure that I cross that finish line with a shiny new marathon PR in hand.
So say goodbye (for now) to crazy long back to backs every weekend and get ready to welcome back track workouts, tempo runs and a (new and improved) goal marathon pace.