My running (and blogging) has been in a little bit of a slump. I ran the Goodlife Toronto Marathon in May and ended with a knee injury that took months of physical therapy to heal. It taught me that perhaps just deciding to run a marathon without proper training is not the best approach.
I really have not been feeling enthusiastic about marathon training so I have decided to try something new – I have signed up for a 50K trail run in April. I know it seems counter-intuitive that if I didn’t like marathon training that I would decide to run farther but I am really excited about trail running instead of road running.
I have also decided to embrace a new running philosophy for trail running, I am going to run to have a solid race with a strong finish instead of trying to run as fast as I can. I think that I was starting to find the pressure to go faster every race off-putting so I am switching gears.
I spend a lot of time reading running (and food) blogs and I couldn’t find a lot about the journey leading up to one’s first ultra marathon so I am going to share my story and my journey.
I am going to write about life while training for a 50K trail race. Unfortunately the training will be through the winter to make it extra fun. In addition to training for the 50K, I am also going to school part-time, working full-time and trying to eat healthily so that my body can keep up this level of activity. I will keep you updated on how the training journey goes including meals plans, training plans and anything else I think of.
Please keep in mind that this is not couch to ultra. I have run a marathon within the last year, a half-marathon within the last month and I consistently run 40-50km a week plus going to a bootcamp style class 2-3 times per a week.
165 days until the race!