Thursday, January 2, 2014

Logic has no place here

Last week, I was sending Alyssa (the author of our 100 mile training plan) emails about how the first week had an 18 mile run and that was insanity. We agreed to change it to a more reasonable 14-15 mile run and I felt much better about easing back into training after a restful "off season". With a long 16 week training cycle stretching out ahead of me, I didn't see any reason to start off with anything too crazy.

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!

13 comments:

  1. There's this running group called the Idiots Running Club. I think you should join. They are your people.

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  2. I ran a 50k/Marathon two weeks ago and right before the turnaround point, I realized that a woman was running with a dog - and they were both beating me. Even worse, they were running the 50k and I ran the marathon. That's depressing.

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  3. A spur of the moment race for me maxes out at a half marathon. Then again, I've never been offered a free ultra.

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  4. Running 50k is fine for a human (not me, I like me) but seems a little much to force on a dog. Then again, I have a cat that naps after walking from the food bowl to the couch so this isn't something I've had to put a lot of thought into.

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    1. I think it's important to consider the breed and purpose of the breed. Peanut is a coonhound, which was developed and breed to track and quarry prey and is a working breed. She's designed for hours of running in the woods. Also, she LOVES it. I've never seen her even begin to look tired, even after 20 miles. I'd take her for a 31 mile run, no question, especially in the cold. I'd hesitate about 50 miles but only because she's 5 now. Peanut at age 3 could have crushed 50 miles.

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  5. I might be crazy too, but I'd pick a trail 50k with a buddy over a solo 18 miler any day.

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  6. Run a 50k off very little specific training? What a great idea!! Have fun this weekend and we'll have fun reading about all your pain next week.

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  7. I'm all for it. Sounds like a great idea to me. Free anything sounds like a great idea to me!

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  8. I have run a few random half marathons and they turned out to be my best races. Maybe the lack of pressure I put on myself speeds me up? IDK but after looking at my race results for races I didn't properly train and set goals for, it seems as though I should never set a goal again. Have a great time! It sounds awful to me with that distance and temp, but I'll do yoga in a 100 heated room for 2 hours so...to each their own brand of perceived crazy. ;-)

    Enjoy!

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  9. If the race did allow Peanut, she would be the second dog to sleep over at our apartment in less than a month!

    This is going to be epic.

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  10. since the furthest i've run thus far is 1.5 miles (and i had to psych myself up for that!), i am impressed with your nerve/foolhardiness to run this. at least you won't overheat?

    seriously, how do you run when its that cold? i put on like 4 layers to get coffee this morning. and it was 19 in atlanta.

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    1. I don't know yet. I'll report back :)

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  11. I feel like the cold would do me in. I can't do athletic in this cold. It makes my lungs hurt and then I want to just be home under a blanket eating all the things.

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