When I signed up for the North Coast 24-Hour Endurance Run, a friend suggested that I sign up for the Endless Summer 6 Hour Run as a sort of test-run/supported training run. So I could get my feet wet, so to speak. My first thought was "6 hours? I can't run for 6 hours!" But then I reminded myself that I'd just plunked down over $100 to run for twenty-four hours, so I'd darn well better be able to run 6 hours two months ahead of time!
After deciding to run the race, I cyber-stalked it, reading every race report I could find, and checked in on the Striders website every few days to see if registration had opened. Then I got busy with other things and just kind of forgot about it. Not the race itself, but the actual act of registering for it.
Today good friend Michelle told me that she wanted to sign up for a race, even though she's walking and not running these days, and that she had decided that ES6 was going to be it. And, oh look at that, registration opened two weeks ago. Whoops. Glad she reminded me! So now I'm signed up, as is my friend who originally told me about the race. (He didn't know registration was open, either. So, really, I'm not THAT oblivious.)
|(Me & George after last year's ES6)|
What I'm most excited about now is that Michelle and I are going to do some of our training together. I knew that I needed to add in an extra day of training to get my mileage up, and I wanted it to be just walking because I know that I will be doing a lot of walking at NC24 - but to me walking long distances is super boring. Being able to do some longer walks with Michelle will be great!
Of course, I'm sitting here talking about ES6 and NC24 .... and yet I have a 5K and a Half Marathon coming up that I should probably be thinking about, at least a little. But training for a 6 hour run (and eventual 24 hour run) should make the 5K and HM super easy, right? Right. =)
Have you ever done a timed race? Any tips for an ultra-virgin?