Ok, I know I have Silverman looming on the horizon, I am aware of that daily but still I am dying to get to my winter marathon season. As a matter of fact I can’t wait to get through next Tri season so I can get to my NEXT marathon season. I think the main reason is that I am dying to really make some attempts at ultramarathon running. I did one but I want to do more. I had a big plan to get into it last year and then I fractured my foot so I changed directions and went a little into ultracycling. I honestly didn’t like the ultracycling all that much. It takes too damn long to train up all those miles.
Anyway, I am feeling like having a good winter season and I feel like I have learned a lot about running and how I need to do it to stay healthy. This being the case I, actually the GEEKGRL and I, have at least two runs planed. On the 5th of January we will be running the inaugural Mississippi Blues Marathon in Jackson, MS. This will give us a Mississippi marathon in our quest to join the 50 States Marathon Club.
Next up will be the Black Warrior 50K in Moulton Alabama deep in the Bankhead National Forest. This will be our Alabama race and our first trail ultra ever. Actually it will be our first organized trail run ever and I can’t wait. Not only that but the race location is right next to Oakville Alabama the birthplace of Jesse Owens, a true American hero. This is one museum we are definitely going to see for a little pre-race motivation.
I think we will be looking for something else in March but I’m not sure it’s really going to depend on how things are going and how close to IMCDA we think we can reasonably get away with running something like a marathon or 50K. I’m also thinking about ending my 2008 tri season in either in August or September so I can make an attempt on some really big distances or at least work my way up to see how far I might want to go. In my mind I’d like to do a 100 miler but I’m so far from that that I can’t even make a reasonable judgment about that so I will need time to test out a 50 miler and see if I want to move on to a 100K and then maybe the 100 miler. I dunno, are there any big distance ultra runners out there that can advise me on the progression?