Friday, March 8, 2013

The Ultra Decision

Thanks for all of the comments on my birthday vacation post! It definitely was a great way to celebrate (and as Amber said, my celebrations aren't fully over yet)! We also ran with Amber the day after my birthday, which was special since it was my first time running as a 28 year old. I think I will write a post about all of the group running we have been (and will be) doing lately.

But today, let's talk ultras.


As soon as we started our journey, we knew that we wanted to do an Ironman. 140.6 miles is a long way, but you still "only" run a marathon. At first I said that I would never want to do an ultra (haha, see what happens when you say never), but then we made a lot of friends in the trail running circle who run ultras.

And we all know what happened then, I wanted to do an ultra. I honestly didn't think I would be able to do one until after our Ironman in 2014 because of training and logistics, but then I really got hit by the bug.

A lot of my Maine running friends, and some non-Mainers, started talking about applying for the Great Cranberry Island (GCI) Ultra (50K). For those that don't know, Great Cranberry Island is an island off of Mount Desert Island near where I am from. I looked at the date and it is two weeks after our Half Ironman, not going to happen. Plus you have to apply and there is no guarantee that I would get in.

Then, since I had time to kill waiting for Mike to get home from work, I looked up the Can Lake 50 (50K and 50 miler).  If I survive my first ultra, I will run this someday since Canandaigua is special to us since it is where we got married.  That race was out too, it is one week before the MDI Marathon.

Now, I love trail running and if I could dedicate enough time for training for a trail ultra, I would. Unfortunately, with the MDI Marathon, my sub-2 half marathon attempt and other races, it just isn't possible right now. Plus, the trail ultra that I had in mind might not even be happening this year.

 Trail friends

Then, I got creative. I started just searching for ultras in November (when I thought I could feasibly do one and use MDI as a training run) on pavement. A hard feat, but then I found it.

The NYRR NYC 60K (formerly known as the Knickerbocker 60K). I was hesitant though, I wanted to do 50K as my first ultra. Could I handle another 6 miles? Would 9 weeks be enough time to train (the time after my sub-2 half attempt until the ultra)? Would I get really bored running NINE loops around Central Park?

 Here I am questioning my sanity

I started out 50% sure I would do it. Then I started looking up race reviews and found NYC Running Mama's review. I asked her on twitter if it would be a good first ultra, and she assured me that it would.

 More reassurance

Other friends said the race was great and that they would come run a few loops with me.

50% turned into 90% and then it turned into 99% sure that I would run it.

And since I am writing this post, you should probably assume that it means I am 100% sure I am running a 60K on November 16, 2013 in NYC.

There's no time like the present right?

Oh, and Mike has no interest in running this at all. So it's just me, but he will run a few loops with me and if anyone else is interested in running with me I would be happy to have you join me!

Registration isn't open yet, but as soon as it opens I am in, 100%.

24 comments:

  1. YAY!! I think a 60K sounds like a good distance, it's not *too* much farther than a 50K. ;) I actually kind of wish I could find one that distance to add to my list, but I'm trying hard to NOT sign up for any other races this year and give myself a chance to try different things.

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  2. Awesome! I'm also signed up for my first ultra - a 50k in Syracuse in August. If all goes well, I'm hoping to feel comfortable enough to start looking for a 50 miler before winter hits. But we'll see!

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  3. Woohoo! You are crazy girl! I will never run an ultra so I will have to live vicariously through you;) Although another marathon popped into my head during my last speed run on the treadmill this week. Then quickly exited:) Have a great weekend!

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  4. Excitement! I love the idea of trying an ultra, but I just don't know that I'm in that mindsight yet. You're a go-getter... and therefore, a rockstar. :)

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  5. I see where someone commented about doing back-to-back 10-plus mile runs for training;I know some of my teammates do that,Jamie- on weekends.

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  6. Wow that is intense. Even though I've been running off and on for 3 years, I still have no desire to do a marathon let alone an ultra. I can't even imagine that far-you go girl and I know you'll do great!

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  7. Hahahah you go, crazy lady :-) (says the crazy lady herself who applied for GCI...) What is wrong with us? Nothing, we are awesome...

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  8. How great!! I would love for my first ultra to be in an environment like this where I could easily see multiple friends and have them jump in to keep me company throughout the distance. Very cool :)

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  9. How cool!I wish I were closer. I'd love to run a few laps with you.

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  10. Wow! You are hardcore! I don't think I could really get into a road ultra. You know Mendon Ponds has a 50k...right in your backyard I think.

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    1. That's the possible trail ultra I was talking about, I'm not sure if it is happening this year. It's not on their list of races, yet.

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  11. Ahh! That's amazing! Especially in NYC - I bet it's going to be amazing!

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  12. JAMIE, I WILL SO RUN IN CENTRAL PARK WITH YOU!! I'll be good for a lap or two! :)

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    1. YES! I definitely want to meet you anyway so that would be perfect!

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  13. I promised my marathon training partner, who has crazy ambition like you, that if I survive my two fulls this year I will run an Ultra (50K).
    I am amazed by you. Just as I wad running last weekend I was thinking I cannot imagine swimming first, then biking, then having to run this. WOW! That is crazy. You are motivated!

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  14. I really hope to have an NYC "vacation" with you guys!!

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  15. Not even on my radar, I'll be running my first full this year! Good luck to you! :-)

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  16. So excited and proud of you! I wish my freaking legs could handle training for a half marathon let alone an ultra! I am not even half way through training and my ankles want to disown me!

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  17. Yay, that is so exciting! I thought I'd never want to do an ultra either but I've changed my mind too. I know exactly what happens when I say never. I said the same thing about running a full marathon and look where that took me!

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  18. You caught the ultra bug! Woo hoo!!!!

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  19. You will love it! :D Maybe Can50 next year. :) :)

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  20. That's awesome! I've been looking for a good first Ultra myself. So exciting!

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  21. I've considered this one especially since it's in my hometown! I told myself no marathons in the fall since I am mentally wiped out...BUUUUT, maybe I'll do this. Can you let me know when reg opens? :)

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  22. Gahhhh, soooo jealous!! I wanna do one! You're gonna kill it!

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