Its funny how our running takes us from you’re doing that? SUPER CRAZY COOL! – to – Ooh! I want to do that!
For me that moment was after my Disneyworld Marathon Dopey Challenge (5K, 10K, Half and Full Marathon in 4 days) I felt under achieved/accomplished for a number of reasons that I won’t go into ALL the reasons, for the number is vast. But, I felt the need to run a Marathon again because I can’t stand this feeling of not meeting my own expectations; it was not a time thing it was a performance thing, I just didn’t feel like it was that big of a deal; that I wasn’t able to test my abilities to their fullest; it was fun and that just doesn’t seem right.
Since my running re-boot I’ve built up to the point where running 16, 18 or even 20 mile long runs doesn’t really faze me much at all; I run try and run 6 miles minimum every other day during the week days at lunch or when getting home from work and i’m mostly successful, or was till I hit this slump these past to two weeks, and my long run on a Friday or Saturday. Sunday is always my rest day – because well, it’s Sunday; the Sabbath. But back to Ooh! I want to do that!
SO here I go I’m announcing my goal and dream to the world. Last February I ran across the movie called UNBREAKABLE: Western States 100 that was MY Ooh, I want to do that! moment. I had already been thinking about doing Ultra Trail Run rather then a Marathon, just because I already did a marathon and it didn’t seem far enough. But this movie put me over the top. I want to do the Western States 100 and that fact scares the crap out of me. But i’m also a realest I know 100 mile trail run is just something you jump into so I’ll start out slow, a 50K is my first goal because its more then a Marathon but less than a 50 miler. Because I know absolutely nothing about Ultra trail, support teams, drop bags and all the other stuff I’m starting my journey to Ultra today by looking for a nutritionist and an ultra coach. I’m already 57 years old but all I have to do is believe and even at my age my goal is attainable..
What’s your Ooh! I want to do that!?