So this starts my third attempt at running Ultra distance races. I guess lets get the obvious out of the way right now. Why run? its a fair question to ask. I have been sitting on a bike riding and racing around the world since I was 5 years old…its what I do and to some extent who I am. I own a bike shop with my wife, I am a coach of cyclists etc….so why run? and better yet why race?
To me, when I am running on a trail in the mountains or foothills I escape. everything slows down and things become calm and clear. The sounds, the smells are so awakening to me. I love those sensations, I can’t get enough of it.
Race? well, that is what I do. I have done some races, up to a 50km, I have even won some races in the past…put it never lasts. I always injure myself.
“I can’t get enough of it” this is the problem. When I run i tend to ease into it for a week or so, and then the next thing I know I am running 70+ miles a week with a smile on my face. And then my body stops working. My right “hip” is typically the thing that stops me from continuing. I imagine its a case of too much too soon (duh) and the fact that I have been hunched over a bike for 35 years.
What will be different this time? first, I have someone, a coach, an accountability officer to guide me…Karl Meltzer. More yoga. more stretching. more visits to my chiro. I hope this will be a good place to start from
alright, enough talk. Time to go run