Monday, January 02, 2012

Adam Signs up for 100-mile Ultramarathon



Cindy took this photo of me signing up for the Burning River 100. This is a 100-mile race that takes place in northern Ohio in July 2012. There's a 30-hour time limit and I'd love to finish in under 24 hours. In 2011 I knocked out a few marathons and a 50km+ race with minimal training, so I'm excited about a new challenge.

I remember after my first marathon in 2001 that I could barely walk for several days after the race. At that point I couldn't even imagine running another step. Fast forward a few years and I ran my first back-to-back marathons (Virginia on Saturday, North Carolina on Sunday) and loved the experience. The following year I ran a 50-miler and felt great. The intimidating part about the 50-miler was how much "unknown" territory there was. I knew what it was like to run 33 miles, but that left 17 miles of "unknown" out there on the trails. Those were the intimidating miles.

I have no plans to run anything beyond 50 miles as I train for this 100-mile race, which means I'll be facing 50 miles of "unknown". In my imagination it's like the path ahead of me goes dark and I don't know what to expect. How hard will it be? What will be my greatest enemy? Quads? Stomach? Sleepiness? Blisters? Doubt?

I'm going to do by best to prepare for the challenge and I'm basing my training plan on this schedule. I'm also looking for people to help as crew and pacers, so if anybody wants a memorable experience on the trails of Northern Ohio drop me a line. Stay tuned for more details...

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5 Comments:

At 9:46 AM, Blogger Jessica Karazsia (@irun26at8) said...

I am so excited for you Adam. As much as I would love to do this one day, I don't think this year is the year. I am marking my calendar and WILL be there at the end of the July to do whatever you need me to do! Pacer, crew, cheerleader...all of the above!

 
At 4:35 PM, Blogger dthaase said...

yup - it's official, your crazy...as well as inspirational...looking forward to watching this unfold!

 
At 7:28 PM, Blogger tstauff said...

Dude, you're nuts. That is awesome though. In my world history class we are studying the ancient Olympics. The longest run they did back in 776 BC was three miles. I told my students about you and your quest to run one hundred. They wanted me to let you know that your crazy! I am excited for you!

 
At 8:38 PM, Blogger The Walmer Family said...

Please don't tell Dan this!!! His goal in life is to do Western States. After reading Dean K's book, I say NO WAY! But this race does sound less brutal...

 
At 1:45 PM, Blogger Jeremy A said...

Hey Adam, I am working up the miles, but am nowhere near where you are. As it get's closer to the race my schedule will become clearer, and hopefully I could bet there. It would be a pleasure to pace you during this race.
- Jeremy Anderson

 

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