Ummm...I got this e-mail last night.
Congratulations! You are now registered for Vermont 50 Mt Bike or Ultra Run.
What did I just do? :)
How Did We Get HereRemember that test from last weekend? Yeah, I passed with flying colors. My plan to run around the reservoir was shot down when I visited the deli along the route, that I was counting on being open, and learned that they would not be available during the hours I had planned. So, it was to the backup plan - an aid station simulation.
I ran a couple of these last year, and the basic idea is to mimic the distances between the aid stations in Vermont. I setup an "aid station" in my kitchen when I got up at 4:30 AM on Saturday morning, had some water and a piece of toast, and prepared to head out.
|My primary fuel|
But... I wasn't. I went out and ran another ten miles on Sunday. My legs were (still are) a little tired, but not anything unexpected for having run 36 miles in less than 24 hours. Since then, I've gone on a few more runs and my body is responding in a way I am honestly surprised by.
I may be crossing the threshold and entering into the "lean mean mountain running machine" territory I've been striving to get to.
So, I pulled the trigger.
Now all I've got to do is stay healthy and show up September 30th at Ascutney and RUN 50 MILES. Whether or not I make it this year, if there is one thing I learned from last year's experience - it'll be a Bucket Filler.
Yeah, I just might be mad. But then again, all the best of us are.
Until next time - run, run, run.