Has it really been 3 months since I started this blog and announced my goal to run a 50 mile ultra marathon this October?
Everyday I wonder if I can actually do it. Everyday I decide that I will do it. All the rest is just details.
In the details have been a million moments – good, bad, fun, drudgery, funny, tiring, exhilarating.
There are changes I’ve made to my lifestyle that I hope I continue. There are things I’ve tried which I hope to never do again. Lessons learned:
- Travel – time consuming and expensive. Requires a great deal of logistical planning and a certain amount of blind good faith. Running a marathon in each state is an excellent excuse to get out and visit friends and family and to see some places I’ve never seen. Next year, fewer road trips with more sight-seeing built in.
- Weather – largely an inconvenience which forces an almost obsessive attention to forecasts which mostly prove to be in error. Dress for it and live with it.
- Recovery – never underestimate the power and joy of a week off after a marathon. Don’t wallow in the post race recovery mind-set.
- Support Crew – cannot be praised highly enough. Make sure they have all the information you can provide and that they know you are grateful.
- Self Care – not for sissies. This includes injury prevention such as strength training, foam roller sessions, stretching, cross training, proper toenail trimming, appropriate use of anti chaffing products and regular shoe replacement. Massage!! Of vital importance is tending to the injuries – blister treatment, icing, compression, elevation, correct rehab techniques and careful return to training. Can be the very difference between staying strong and being sidelined by injury.
- Hydration – personal to the needs of the athlete. Be prepared to make adjustments on the fly due to weather, humidity and conditioning.
- Diet – more veggies = good. “I run therefore I eat everything I see” = not so good. Remember moderation. Always.
- Motivation – bling is a fine thing, long term positive changes in health, even better. In the end, having pre registered for a couple of races at once only goes so far…