I ran today for the first time since the marathon. It felt great to be moving again, and to confirm that everything still works as it should.
That’s a good thing, as I’ve decided on my next challenge – the Holiday Lake 50K++, to be held in the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest in February. This is an ultramarathon – an ultra is defined as anything longer than a marathon’s 26.2 miles, and a 50K is just over 31 miles. As indicated by the “++” on this one, it’s actually a bit longer than 31 – something over 34 miles. The added distance is just part of the package. 98% of the event is on trails and dirt roads, it includes two stream crossings, and the odds are good that snow will be involved. It promises to make a road marathon seem downright civilized.
No, I haven’t lost my mind, and no, I don’t think that I am biting off more than I can chew. While I have a grand total of 1 marathons under my belt, I do have that 1, so I know that I can go the distance. I just need to see if I can muster up another 8 miles or so on top of that.
And no, I am certainly not overconfident. This race will be a huge challenge, and I know that the reasonable approach would probably be to get a few more marathons behind me before taking it on.
But, the truly reasonable approach would probably be to take up golf instead.