Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Committed, and it feels so good..

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I'm committed, and it feels good. Registration for the Stone Cat 50-miler happened last Friday, and the buzz was that it would sell out day of. Which in the running community translates to "you better get in the second it opens, so you don't get left behind". Yeah, we're a type A bunch of athletes. Apparently, they had over 650 people trying to get into the race (between the marathon and 50 mile distances, it's a total of 250 slots), which crashed the website. I hit some major technical snags, but was able to secure myself a spot for the 50 miler. Yes, F-I-F-T-Y miles.
This was not a knee-jerk decision - if you've read my blog for any length of time, you know that I've had LOTS of races/distances/events rolling around in my head. At some point last week, I had the proverbial "light bulb" moment.

While the 70.3 this year would be "fun", my heart just simply wouldn't be in the training. And I'm not going to commit to something that I can't put 100% of myself into. Whether right or wrong, I love working out once a day (or the occasional double run Tuesday). I love that I can get lost in my workout for that day, and then when I get home, I can immerse myself in being a mom, or my work, etc. I don't have to think about when I'm going to get in that second workout, or how I'm going to manage it around gymnastics, date-night, a late conference call, or watching the Kardashians.

That's not to say that training for an ultra is easy by any stretch. I have put together a training schedule which has back to back Saturday/Sunday 20+ mile runs. My schedule peaks at 70-75 mile weeks, which will be a new high for me. However, my training schedule also has me training on 5 days a week, with 2 complete rest days. This alone minimizes the impact on the rest of my life, outside of being an athlete.

For me, that's what is important right now. Running and racing makes me deliriously happy, but Caitlyn will only be a 6/7 year old once. There's a finite period of time she is going to want to go skip rocks, ride bikes, or go to the swings with me. It won't be forever that her face lights up at gymnastics as she does her first backbend, and I'm there to see it.

I want to make it clear that I KNOW there are a lot of people out there who are able to train for long distance triathlons, and make it all happen. Not only that, but they absolutely love doing it. I admire that, and I look forward to the day that I can be commited to that type of schedule. In the short term, it's just not in the cards, and I am 100% at peace with that.

Life is so so so good right now. I've been quietly dabbling back into running the last couple of days, and in combination with other fabulous things in life, I feel like I'm whole again.

Happy Training!


  1. I love your dedication as a mother, first and foremost, and your ability to see the forest from the trees and choose a race that will make you happy, but also allow you to LIVE life too and enjoy C's 6 and 7 years. 50 miles, I cannot fathom, but I am so excited for you and know yet again, you will rock this. (back to back 20 milers on weekends...that sounds SO killer, but I am glad you have 2 rest days, that will really help!!) XOXO

  2. WOw a 50 miler!! I can't imagine!

    I tell people all the time, that all I do is train right now. I get up at 4:30 am for a morning workout, and then do another workout after work and get home at 8:30-9:00. And then pretty much all day Sat and Sun are taken up with long rides and long swim/runs. I have no idea how you would train for a half ironman and have young kids. I know people do it and I'm amazed by them.

  3. Just LOVE how happy you sound at the sheer thought of all the crazy running escapades about to go down in your world. You are INSANE for wanting to run 50 miles LOL but I SO admire that about you and can't wait to see how this all pans out. You're going to ROCK THIS!!!

  4. So excited for you. I am more scared of a 50 mile race than an Ironman, I see no excuses for why you chose the 50 miler over the tri. Good luck to you and can't wait to hear how it goes!

  5. That is great! I am so glad your getting back on the road - 50 miler here you come!

  6. That makes sense-you need to do what makes sense for you and your fam. Its so easy to get caught up in everyones racing/training....but we are just dong it for fun, not for a career. Good luck!