A couple of days ago the Hubbo and I registered to run our first 50k. I had to Google to find out just how many miles that is. Google says a 50k is 31 miles. Just FYI. The race is right here in our own hometown of Tulsa. Bonus! No travel costs! It is called the Go Short, Go Long, Go Very Long. You can see the cute medal in the picture below.
You may be wondering why we registered to run the race? Well, let's be honest. So am I. Here are some of the factors we considered when we decided to sign up.
- The 25K was already on our schedule to run with our training group, so we would be spending the money anyway.
- If and when we finish we will have met the Bronze criteria to apply to become a Marathon Maniac.
- We get a cool medal.
- Who doesn't want to run 3 marathons in 90 days?
- And last but not least, it would give me material to blog about.
But really the deciding factor was the Maniacs thing. We are already Half Fanatics so we thought it would be fitting to join the Maniacs as well.
And the truth of the matter is I really am terrified. This race is right in the middle of our training for our goal race; the Little Rock Full Marathon. So get this. We ran the Route 66 Marathon in November, took about a month off and then ran the Double Half Marathon in December. Started running again last week and now we have 3 weeks before our first 50K. Then we'll take one week off from the run to rest and then have about 7 weeks to continue our Little Rock training. It just seems crazy to me. It is totally taking me out of my element of my normal training routine.
So I decided to come up with a race strategy and a mantra. My mantra is simple. Keep Going. That's it. That's all I have to do. Even if I have to walk some or a lot of it. I want to keep going. I want to finish. I want to join the crazies who call themselves Marathon Maniacs!
As for my race strategy, the jury is still out on that one. I'm thinking of either slowing my starting pace way down or doing intervals. I'm also currently taking suggestions.
Be sure to come back in a few weeks to read my race recap of the Go Short, Go Long, Go Very Long 50K!