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Thoughts on my first ultramarathon and my new outlook on running.

In four days I will be running my first ultra, which will be the Pineland Farms 50K in Maine.   How do I feel?  Really unprepared.  I am definitely not out to seek a certain time, the goal is to finish, enjoy the scenery and have fun.  I have been sick for the past week, finally went to the doctors today.  I have some sinus and chest issues,  they are full of green gunk.  The Dr. put me on some amoxicillin today, I am feeling somewhat better but have been really tired and of course not running, so this has been my taper!

My new job has me really busy, it has made me realize that I never really did “real’ work for the past 10 years at my last job, I was just coasting.  My new job calls for physical work and it feels good to do some hard work and show for it at the end of the day.  In turn my running has dwindled a bit.  That’s fine though, everything happens for a reason.   I feel I am not as obsessed about running now,  I still will do races, but the concern for time, speed, etc. is not a priority.  I am actually liking this new transition.   I am actually thinking about not wearing a Garmin for the 50k, I just want to go out there and run by feel and not worry about time, my pace, what mileage I am at, I want to be free on this run, sounds corny but I think this will be a fun thing to do.  My training was half-ass anyways so why not reverse my worries and go into this 50K with a relaxed attitude.

Cheers!

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One thought on “Thoughts on my first ultramarathon and my new outlook on running.

  1. Bad luck getting sick like that just before your biggest running challenge. You have a very gracious, zen attitude about it. You’ve already won. The preparation was the race.

    Posted by Bare Lee | May 25, 2012, 12:31 AM

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