Wednesday, May 16, 2012

100 mile ultramarathons and 1 mile fun runs


As I was huffing and puffing on Monday through my first interval session in nearly a month (6 x 800 @ 5:29 pace) I got to thinking about a few things:

  • Speed work is rarely fun, but doing speed work after a month off is like trying to catch a greased pig
  • If I ever were to go the other way, Matt Damon. Hands down. Even when he gains like 50 pounds for that zoo movie. RAWR indeed.
  • I’m running these 800s 10 seconds off of my mile PR.  I need to run another mile all out as soon as possible
  • There is no way that I could focus specifically on ½ mile 800 or any short distance running. Just like Ron Jeremy, I’m not built for speed, I’m built for distance


This is what qualifies as a "trail" in Zion
This weekend, the contrast between speed and distance was most apparent.  During the same day, I was following online and virtually cheering for a blogger buddy attempting her first 100 miler and I participated in a 1 mile fun run/walk hosted by another buddy.


100 miles
Running 100 miles is interesting. It is just far enough that it is nearly incomprehensible for my little marathon mind.  Frankly, all that I know is that time doesn’t matter, you get to eat junk food while you do it, and basically your feet shrivel up and fall off during.  Where do I sign up!?

That said, I was cheering on Suann @ Suann on the Run while she ran the Zion 100 in UT.  The scenery was gorgeous, but unfortunately in this case “gorgeous” meant “impossibly tall mountains that oh by the way you have to climb up and how about let’s make it also 95 degrees with no shade”.  Again, where do I sign up??  Unfortunately, Suann had issues with her knee and feet and “only” completed 100k. As in, 62 miles!!  Freaking amazing.

I honestly do have the bad idea bear sitting on my shoulder telling me “seriously Adam, Matt Damon looks like he likes to cuddle”It really would be fun to do an ultra-marathon.  You’ve never let conventional wisdom or gut feels stop you from anything before!? Doooo it!!!”  Honestly, I will do one – sooner rather than later. I’m frankly trained to do a 50K right now – and possibly limp through a 50 mile.  Check back here soon for me complaining about how dirty I get and how many snakes I saw.

1 mile
The same day, blogger buddy, real life buddy, and runner that I coach hosted a fun run with some of his coworkers.  Never one to pass up an opportunity for free Capri Sun pouches in goodie bags, I was all in.  It was one of those events that was just a few friends getting together for a quick run around the neighborhood.  I like those kind of events.

I had ran 14 hot sweaty miles before, so it was a nice way to stretch my legs and chat about summer race plans.  If anything, it got me thinking about my own fun run - the Sweat Your Thorns off 5K! Stay tuned for details on that!

Jeff and his posse of female runners

Ok, seriously I don't have a big head
I REALLY want to think that these were little kids medals





18 comments:

MotherRunner said...

Matt Damon is my "free pass". My husband doesn't get one.. because, well, he has ME! ha.

I just signed up for my first ultra. Sort of. Does an ultra relay count?

Jeff Irvin said...

Google Rocky Raccoon 100mi trail race. It is 35mins from my house. Course is relatively flat, aside from all the tree roots. I've done two 50k's here and love the course. Do this one and I'll be your crew!

Running Through Phoenix said...

That BITCH! I'll KILL Matt Damon!

Missy said...

I think Matt Damon is nice.
I'm thinking Utra marathon has a nice ring too it too.
Someday.

Sue's Ramblings said...

100 miles...no wait, 100km is incomprehensible in my books! But hey, you could do it. Attempting any 3 digit runs soon?

Laura is Undeterrable said...

Cough cough... do it.. Cough...

Well, at least a 50k

Laura is Undeterrable said...

Cough cough... do it.. Cough...

Well, at least a 50k

Shannon @ Tales from an Average Runner said...

I just volunteered at a 50-mile ultra event, and I am intrigued....Next year, I am thinking I am in - at least for the 50K. :)

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

Not a fan of Matt Damon but I did meet Ron Jeremy on a flight from LA to Chicago a few years ago. I kept thinking that little short man looks familiar how do I know him? Then the bimbo looking women with him was almost a dead giveaway. And this was before camera phones or I would have had to add him to my list of celebrities I have met.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Matt Damon is an ultrarunner?

Johann said...

Go for that ultra, it will be life changing! I was hooked after my first ultra and have since done 114 ultras. The flip/down side is a total loss of speed. Not a biggy for me as I was always slow.

Johann said...

Oh yes, you should definitely come run the Comrades Marathon here in SA one day. Tough ultra but on the road. You will love it and all the people that are part of it.

Meghan said...

Reading about an Ultra just now made my first half marathon nerves dwindle. Thank you.

Matt Damon is a stud - good choice.

Christina said...

Sweat your thorns off already? It seems like yesterday it was freeze your thorns off. Oh yea, it's already flipping hot here.

Runners Fuel said...

I think you should do a 50 miler!! Those look really interesting to me, but I haven't even ran a full marathon before.

pensive pumpkin said...

you can do better than matt damon, you silly goose.

danny said...

I have a dare for you (considering everyone and their mother thinks you should do a 100); you CAN'T do a 100 (either measurement system) until you break 2:45 in the marathon.

I don't care if you drink the kool aid; but since you ain't the first to run it I dare you to postpone the ultra conversion for a number of years, if not decades...

Erin said...

I've recently started trail running in training for a trail half marathon. On our first trail run, my husband stepped directly on a snake (luckily a small one). It's been an adventure out there!
We volunteered at the 70 mile aid station for the Hard Rock 100 Miler last year and it was an amazing sight. It'll be a while before I consider doing one though! Those are some tough people!