I am an ultrarunner. That means that I have run events longer than a marathon. I say this rather tentatively, because I don’t look like an ultrarunner and I don’t train like an ultrarunner. But I did run two 50k events during 2012 and finished them both.
The way I got into this was that I had this idea when I turned 50 last April that a suitable goal for the year would be to run and complete a 50 mile event. So, in 2012, I ran a marathon and two 50k events as well as a few assorted other events to work up to this goal. After the first 50k, I signed up for a 50 mile event, which is in two weeks.
However, ever since the second 50k, which was in December, nagging injuries have kept my training limited. I haven’t had to lay off completely, but there has been a curtailment. I mention this because I ran my longest run today since the last 50k — a 9 mile run. I realize that 9 miles is a long way to run. But I also realize that compared to 50 miles, its not very far. But I set my goal, I paid my money, I put it on the calendar, and I’m gonna go for it. And I’m really hoping that I can finish this, because I don’t know if I’m foolish enough to sign up for another one.