Things I Learned About Training For An UltraMarathon
Let’s get a couple of things straight. I am not a superhuman athlete, just a regular girl who grew up playing golf in Texas. I ran occasionally but never was serious about it. Back in November 2016, I agreed to run my very first ultramarathon. An ultramarathon is defined as any distance over a marathon, so more than 26.2 miles. I agreed to do this knowing that I had never run more than 6 miles at any one time. I agreed to do this with my mentor who, himself was already a super accomplished athlete. Did I mention this ultra is in Nepal, in the foothills of the Himalayas? Here I am 9 months later, stronger & wiser. I thought I would jot down some thoughts I had during this journey. You may be thinking, that you have no desire to run a race like this and you may be right, but it’s not because your body can’t do it, given enough time to train, it can. It’s interesting what happens to our minds and bodies in these types of situations when they are pushed to the limit. Once you have committed to something and there is no possible way to back out of it (I can’t because I am taking 5 other people with me to Nepal to run this ultra, so quitting isn’t an option), it’s amazing how everything rises to the challenge.