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.
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.
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%.