Yesterday Alyssa texted me "Hey, there are spots open in a free 50K on Saturday". I gave it some thought and quickly came up with a list of two reasons why I should totally do it.
1. It's free.
2. There is no #2
So to clarify: 18 mile training run on the first week? Insanity. Free 50K race? Sure!
The race has a friendly start time of 9am and since I can stay with Alyssa, I don't even have to get up at 4am. That's pretty much where the "Oh, this is a good idea!" part of this race plan ends. I was chatting with the race director yesterday to secure my spot and he said something like "Well thanks for coming out to run with us in the 8 degree weather!" and I realized I hadn't even looked at the forecast yet.
Also, this race normally has a 25K option (that's like 15 miles) but not this year. This year the course is just one big loop. That means once you're out there, you can't drop half way and you have to finish. Oh, and there is what the race directer describes as a "nasty, rocky descent/ascent" around mile 29.5 so that's fun too. This is probably going to be an amazing life decision.
Since this race is 3 hours north of me, I haven't figured out exactly what I'm going to wear because it's significantly colder up there. I'm thinking of wearing everything I own, that should cover it. Alyssa can just roll me up and down the hills.
The group that puts on the race is called "Trail Dawgs" but they are sitting on a throne of lies because they wouldn't let me bring Peanut to the race.
|I'll never get to brag to the other dogs about my ultramarathon running|
It's a really a bummer because having Peanut with me was my emergency back up plan for getting lost out in the cold woods.
Just kidding, I can't fit into Peanut's carcass, she's too small. I need to get a bigger dog for winter trail running.
Have you ever made a spur of the moment decision to run a race? Was it a good choice?
Do you know of any dog friendly ultras? Even the one I'm helping organize next month won't allow dogs!