I’ve got the Seafair Marathon coming up in two weeks, yet after doing Saturday’s run… I’m not that excited. I think it will definitely be a challenge, and I would by NO means consider myself a marathon expert, but somehow it just isn’t as exciting as it was when I had never done the distance. I’ve done a marathon now, and I’ve run even further than a marathon in training. There’s no excitement of testing myself and wondering if I can finish because I’ve never done this before.
So what’s next? I really want to do an ultra now (but just a 50K – not ready for more just yet). Unfortunately, I can’t really find many in the summer.
The Great Cranberry Ultra sounds kind of cool, but it’s a 2 mile out-and-back. That is, 2 miles out, 2 miles back… which needs to be done 8 times. Ew. However, it’s tempting because it sounds like a pretty course, it’s close (both in distance from Boston and in timing), and it’s not trails (which I’m still scared of and probably will be until I go to trail running camp in July). Speaking of which, this is the same weekend as the trail running camp. So I’d have to decide between the two. I suppose the trail running camp would be better for me in terms of expanding my running horizons… but an ultra would be SO cool! And this is one of the few ultras that isn’t trail running, which is appealing.
The North Face Endurance Challenge sounds fun. It doesn’t sound like the trails are too difficult, and still afford some pretty scenery. Downsides of this one are that it’s far away timing-wise (September), and they have a 50 mile option as well, which would take away some of my glory :) Though maybe by then I could be ready for a 50 miler? I don’t know – I think that would require an actual training plan. I’m much more a fan of the spontaneous running!
The Finger Lakes Fifties is only a week after the Seafair Marathon, which would be tough. Plus, I’m moving apartments on July 3, so I’d have to go from NYC to get there. And they have a 50 miler (see above). But it would be cool to head back up to my Finger Lakes stomping grounds! And it has the advantage of allowing me to go wine touring the day after… mmmm. I could probably get a lot of friends to come cheer me on if I arrange a wine tour weekend. I think it might be too cocky to think I’m already ready to do a 50K though just because I did one ultra training run – I should really take longer to prepare. This one’s a definite no.
According to the description here, the CanLake 50 sounds totally doable. It’s roads, not trails, and while it has both 50K and 50M options, I’m thinking that by October, I might even be able to do the 50M option? Plus, it’s in the Finger Lakes region which means… wine tour!!! And I could have a post-race dinner at my favorite restaurant in the country, Dano’s on Seneca. My only concern is the no iPod rule. I really don’t think I can run 6 hours without music, which sucks b/c other than that it was perfect. Wonder if it’s going to be enforced? Or if it’s one of those “we’ll say no music for insurance purposes, but really you can do whatever.”
If I’m looking for a far out 50 miler, there is always the JFK 50 Miler, which isn’t until November. The Albany Running Exchange is organizing a group to go, which would be fun, and the race itself is the biggest ultra in the country, which I think I’d like. The more other crazies running a race with me, the better! The course sounds kind of tough though…
So of the four (excluding Finger Lakes Fifties): what should I pick? Or should I just stick with marathons for a while?