More than two months ago, I ran in and completed my first ultramarathon. It was one of the most rewarding athletic experiences of my life and my hips just stopped being sore from the run. Because I ran it in a hurricane and my coach/nutritionist, Nolan, and I had to drive back to Washington DC that day, we ditched out early and I never saw my final time and results. After lots of checking and waiting, the results were finally posted!
I placed 15th overall and 2nd in my age-group (20-29). Due to the hurricane like conditions, the times were definitely slower than in past years, but I’m still pretty impressed with some of the times that were posted, especially by the over-50 crowd. Long distance runners definitely hit their peak in their mid-3o’s, but winning an ultramarathon in your 50′s? That’s just ridiculous.
Distance: 31.2 miles
Weather: Hurricane-like conditions
Pace: 9 minutes+ per mile (much slower than I wanted it to be, but again, I cite the hurricane-like conditions)
Muscles Pulled: 7
Check out the results here or just look below!
I have officially signed up for an ultramarathon after taking a 12 mile jaunt to Queens earlier this Memorial Day afternoon. I feel confident, healthy, and dedicated to doing well in this race, no matter what I read on other sites. For example this one:
Before you begin your ultra marathon training, you need to have at least 3 consistent years of running experience. You should also have completed at least 3 marathons. Your marathon finishing times aren’t important.
Sure, I would say that I have at least 3 consistent years of running, with some soccer and cycling thrown in there. And of course I’ve completed loads of marathons. Honestly, who hasn’t? I mean, I’ve never actually finished a marathon, or even signed up, but I’m sure I’ve metaphorically completed many marathons. For example, after a really hard day at work, I tend to say things like: “Wow, I had a marathon of a day at work today” (that’s 1) or after watching a triple overtime basketball game: “What a marathon of a game!” (that’s 2) and plenty of people I know will attest that my life motto is: “Life’s a marathon, not a sprint” (not really).
So, it’s pretty easy to see that I’ve completed at least three marathons. I can’t even begin to count all the other metaphorical marathons I have ran and completed. There must be dozens of them.
I have signed up for The Green Lakes Endurance Run, a 50 kilometer run in western New York, near Syracuse. The race takes place on August 28th and is a good couple of hours from where I live, so if anyone has a car they want to lend me, that’d be great.