It was an accident

I will admit that I have been keeping a little secret. Kind of.

I MIGHT be running an ultra marathon. Next month. I may or may not have known this for about a month or so. Shall I explain?

An older man who goes to my church ran on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail in PA with his brother for years when he was in his ‘prime’. They decided to make their running route into a race in the 1980’s. A 77 mile race. The race can be split into a relay, ran individually, or one can complete a 50k.

Jim’s Uncle and I do long runs together whenever we can. We both decided to check out the trail on Saturday morning to see if we wanted to run the 50k next month (we were going to do the relay but can’t find anyone as crazy as us to do it too….). We planned to run from mile 1 to mile 19.

We ended up running 24 miles. It was an accident. We got a little lost! But it ended up being fun.

Thankfully I had some FUEL!

I ended up drinking 2 bottles of water, a bottle of blueย Gatorade, 2 energy gels, a banana, sunflower seeds, and a lemon poppy seed muffin. Nummy ๐Ÿ™‚

I was a little bit afraid because my long run last week was only 11 miles. 11 miles to 24 miles is a BIT of a jump. So I will be on the look out for ANY pain.. plus I will be taking the next few days off to recoup!

Just thought I’d let everyone in on the possibility of a 50k (30 miles) race next month..

Should I do it?!

30 comments

  1. DO IT! I’m so jealous. I would def come to PA to do it if I could. An Ultra is one of my future goal races.

    Getting lost is always fun glad you had lots of fuel! and I hope you don’t have any pain with that little jump in millage ๐Ÿ˜‰ good job tho on 24 miles!

  2. Wooww! That is phenomenal to me. I’ve only ever run 6 miles all at once and even that is a challenge to run the whole thing. I feel patheic, lol! You should totally do it! =D I wish I was an awesome runner like you ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Wow, you’re a great runner! I definitely couldn’t do it (yet), but I think you should push yourself… as long as you’re not feeling pain or anything. ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re definitely inspiring!

  4. Trails are much easier on the body. Although, when you get tired on trails, you tend to trip over rock, roots and your own feet. Also, you walk a lot in ultras. I wanted to do the laurel highlands but need to wait until my baby eats some solid food because it would be hard to coordinate where I will be when in order to feed him.

    Two of you can’t do the relay together? It would be nice to do with jim’s uncle…
    Or you an do it. You can definitely finish its more of how much recovery time do you have afterward?

  5. Wow! This may be the only time I have EVER seen someone say they accidentally ran an extra FIVE MILES! That is awesome! If you feel up for it then I say go for it!

  6. You should do it only if you dont hurt yourself, its a lot of strain to put on your body without crazy training. but yes you should try ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past 9 days, it’s that you can do whatever you set your mind to. It’s important to be cautious and prep as best as possible, but I totally think that if this run means something to you, you should go for it!! Can’t wait to hear more about it!

  8. If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past 9 days, it’s that you can do whatever you set your mind to. It’s important to be cautious and prep as best as possible, but I totally think that if this run means something to you, you should go for it!! Can’t wait to hear more about it!

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