Just came back from an informational meeting about training for the HAT Run. The HAT Run (http://www.hatrun.com/) is a 50K trail ultramarathon in Maryland and it’s on my bucket list. There are only 500 spots, so entry to the race is by lottery only.
I really wanted to do an ultra in 2013, but it wasn’t in the cards for me, so I’m really anxious about running one in 2014. There are several reasons NOT to train for an ultra:
- Maryland’s cold winter. Some winters are mild and some are a bitch. The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a bitchy winter, but who knows? Yeah, yeah…it’s no where near as bad as the winters in the North, but I hate the cold. Seriously, I HATE the cold. All I can think about are frozen boogers on my upper lip and frozen eyeballs.
- Asthma. Cold weather really aggravates my asthma. I really believe training last winter caused me, or contributed to my three month bronchitis stint.
- Long runs back to back. Can I really commit to long runs two days in a row? I think it’s 2 – 5 hours of running each day, plus track, etc.
- Hill training! Lots and lots of hill training. I hate hills.
- I hate hills in cold weather.
Reasons to train for an ultra:
- Haven’t done it.
- It’s a challenge.
- I get to put a 50K magnet on my car.
UGH DECISIONS! DECISIONS!
So, am I in? You bet your sweet cheeks I am! Training starts December!
Have you ran or considered running an ultra? TELL ME!