I’ve sort of backed myself into running a 100-mile ultramarathon race, though I’ll admit I didn’t register for this race out of a deep, burning desire to do so. And actually I realized yesterday, that I really just don’t feel like running a 100-mile race. It was done out of necessity.
Necessity for what? You might ask.
The necessity to fill a deep, burning desire to run a grueling 135-mile race called the Badwater.
I know, my thought process doesn’t make sense to me either. How is it that I’d want to run a 135-mile hardcore ultramarathon like Badwater, but don’t really feel like running a 100-mile ultramarathon? Seriously, what is wrong with my brain?
I guess the only way I can explain it is to compare it to the first 50-mile ultramarathon I ever ran. I wasn’t even interested in attempting a marathon. For me, the epic challenge was this crazy 50-mile race where people ran for hours on end trying to will their bodies across the finish line over a distance that didn’t even seem safe to run. A 50-mile race. A FIFTY MILE RACE. It just sounded crazy to me…and I wanted in.
Badwater is my new 50-mile race (isn’t unlimited possibilities a bastard?). It’s a ridiculously dangerous race beginning at the lowest point in the continental U.S., running across Death Valley, in JULY when heats are soaring near 130+ degrees Fahrenheit, to a 14,000 foot elevation point on Mount Whitney.
For obvious safety reasons, runners wanting to apply to compete in the Badwater have to complete three 100-mile races, among various other standards, before submitting entry. [Full qualifying standards here http://www.badwater.com/reg.html]. Sigh, I hate that I have to qualify. Can’t they just trust me that I won’t keel over & die?!?
So, alas, to the 100-mile adventure I go. Not because I particularly feel like it, mind you. But because I have hopes and dreams of frying myself in a desert out West some day…(*stomps away pouting*).
Wish me luck this weekend! Mohican 100-mile race in Ohio, here I come! : )
- by ashleyk
- posted at 3:21 PM
- June 12, 2012