Today, I registered for my first ultra.
On October 6, I will be running the Stump Jump 50K in Chattanooga. I'm pretty excited about taking the plunge and officially committing to do it.
I promptly went outside and ran 3 miles in between thunderstorms. I know I have a ways to go before I can run a 50K, but it was great to just get out there and to know that I now have a new goal.
I have managed to convince another friend to plan on running it as well, and I started working on a few others at a Cinco de Mayo party last night. See? Sometimes peer pressure can be good... getting others to do something active!
I'll eventually sit down and sort out a training plan, but I won't really need to start training until July. In the meantime, I want to gradually get myself building mileage so that I'm ready for the half marathon in Chicago in July, and then I'll transition to 50K training.
This race is on trails, so I'm also going to start training on trails. The local Fleet Feet is doing group trail runs the next 8 Thursdays, so I plan on using those to not only start learning the trails at the park nearby but also to meet new people.
I have decided not to pay to join the ultra training group with the running store. I don't think it'd be worth the money for me when I know I'm capable of setting a training plan and I have a fair number of friends that I can do long runs with in addition to the Nashville Striders marathon training runs that will start in July.
I'm pretty excited. I think this is just the challenge I need right now!