|This face is what I think of Ultra Marathon training ...|
not a fan!!!
1. July 2012 ... 394 miles
2. August 2012 ... 363 miles
3. September 2012 ... 351 miles
4. January 2013 ... 322 miles
5. January 2011 ... 317 miles
While training for my first Ultra Marathons, I've been slowly trying to build a little bulk back into my mileage again after really tapering off toward the end of last year. The back-to-back long runs on the weekend obviously carry most of the load and pile up volume in a hurry. I know, I know ... most experienced Ultra Marathoners will tell you that you don't have to add that much more mileage to your training to complete an ultra. And that might be true for them, but I always run better in races when I have what feels like adequate mileage built up before the race.
Overall, I'm really not a fan of Ultra Marathon training so far. The thing that's killing me is running much slower than normal, running without headphones, and running out in the middle of nowhere for what seems like forever. I mean, I'm not the fastest guy in the world, but a marathon usually takes me less than three and a half hours. So doing a four hour run almost every weekend is kinda messing with my head a little.
|My awesome wife ... look at your little sexy self!|
I just don't really see myself ever getting totally immersed into trail running or Ultra Marathons. Sorry, I know that makes me shallow and not as enlightened as some. But I need stimulation. Makes me a bad person I guess.
Michael was laughing at me the other day about the Ultra training. As most of you know, she's not the fleetest of foot and said, "Now you know how I felt when I was training for a regular marathon." And she's right. I can be kind of a complainer, but I need to just suck it up and git-er-dun. Honestly, I should be thankful for being blessed with a little speed at times. It greatly reduces the number of hours that I'm on feet while running. Some folks have to train almost twice as long to go the same distance. They truly have my respect, because if I had to put in the hours some of them do to accomplish the same goals, I don't know that I would.
I think more than anything it's just all the cold weather that kinda has me bummed. When it's warm, you can hardly pull me out of my running shoes because I wanna get back out there day and night. But the cold air and frosty wind makes me dread hitting the streets or trails, and even forces me to the gym and treadmill from time to time ... both of which make me softer. (And by the way ... that's "makes ME softer"! There's nothing wrong with running on the treadmill all the time. Lord knows I don't want to get on EMZ's bad side. She does her training on the treadmill and she could kick my butt any day!) So I'm sure my outlook will brighten a little more in a couple of months.
... be great today!