I'm Going to Run an Ultra Marathon in 2019
“So why do you want to do this?”, he asked.
I have been thinking about my response for months now, but I still couldn’t come up with anything more than the following, “I just enjoy pushing myself to my absolute limits. I want to see what I am capable of.”
The real answer is a bit more complicated. Over the last 5 years, and after completing a bunch of bucket list items like the Spartan Ultra Beast and Dallas Marathon, I’ve been looking for the next big challenge. Meanwhile, I found myself watching others complete a variety of Ultra endurance races all over Youtube. I was listening to Ultra Marathon Athletes recount their stories through podcasts. I started googling Ultra Marathon Training Programs just to see what people were doing to prepare for something I previously thought wasn’t within my capabilities. Slowly, with each race completed, my self confidence started to grow, and my imagination started to wander towards the Ultra Marathon Distance. It went from asking my self the question, “Could I complete an Ultra Marathon?” to “How could I complete an Ultra Marathon?”.
Over the last year I continued to read a few different books that pushed my motivation levels to new heights. These were stories about people with genetic defects, who were overweight, or were not otherwise physically gifted completing 100 and 200 mile races. The one lesson I learned from these stories is that ultra distance running, like running for the most part, is something we all have the capability to do. Ultra Marathon Running is a Mental Sport that constantly asked competitors, “How Badly do you want it?” The answer comes in every step you take forward during training and during the race itself. If you can take a step forward, you have the capability to complete an ultra marathon.
No one in my circle of people has ever ran this far before. When going through my mental rolodex of friends and family who have participated in marathons, spartan races, triathlons, etc., no one I am close to has ever ran this far. People already know me as the runner, but if I can accomplish something like this and run a distance that a lot of my friends think isn’t achievable? How inspiring would that be! I would love to share my joy of running with more of my friends. So part of my motivation is to do something that will truly get their attention, and hopefully spark some kind of inspiration.
And so I will be running the Priarie Spirit Trail Run in Ottawa, Kansas on March 30, 2019. There are several ultra distances to chose from to complete during this race, I will be doing 50 miles. Training is going well, I’ve been training for about 2.5 months now and I think as long as I stay consistent, all the hard work will be done come race day. The race itself will become the icing on the cake.
Assuming everything goes well at the Prairie Spirit, I would like to continue my training and prepare for a 100 mile race.
They say that if you write your goals down, the likelihood of you achieve those goals increases significantly. Well, at least by that standard and me putting this out into the internet, I am one step closer to doing something I thought was impossible.