Ahhhh!!! I'm freaking out just a little bit.
I'm dipping my toes into new water. Shoot, maybe I'm jumping in with both feet!
I knew 2013 was the year I wanted to explore some new distances and new territory with my running.
I have already been signing up for half marathons that get me an early bird registration price. I've got to take advantage of that for sure.
I've also been asked to pace the Salt Lake City Half Marathon which will be a new experience as well. You know those people in the brightly colored shirts holding a little sign as they run? Yeah, I get to do that on April 20th. Want to run with the 2:30 group? Then come find me and join me for a run through the streets of good old Salt Lake City. It should be a fun time!
But now the REAL reason I'm freaking out.
I just signed up for a race distance I've never done before.
I'm going beyond my furthest distance of 46 miles that I did last year for my 46th birthday.
I just signed up for the Moab 24 hour solo run in March.
That means start at 6:00 am one day and end the next day at 6:00 am.
So exactly how many miles will that be?? I have no idea. If I can average a 15 minute pace then that would get me 96 miles. I have no idea what to expect though being out on the trails. I know how fast I can travel on regular roads. Trails are definitely slower for me. I just like the concept though that I don't have to cover a certain amount of mileage to complete the race.
I only need to try and stay on my feet for 24 hours.
It should be a fun adventure.
I hope it is.
I hope I don't get bored.
I hope I can stay awake.
What does a person do for that many hours to stay entertained?
I've wanted to do this race for a few months and gave up all hope because I am just a big chicken to do this kind of stuff alone. When I discovered another runner friend was going to attempt it (She made the attempt last year too) I soon started chatting with her about it and decided if there was going to be another familiar face out there then I could be brave and go for it. Both of our worries comes from being out there all night in the dark alone and so we will try to stay together for company and safety purposes during the dark hours.
This course is a 5.61 mile loop that you just do over and over and over again and so there should be no concern about wandering lost in the mountains somewhere. At least I'm hoping the trail will be marked well and if we get lost then at least we'll be lost together.
I'm excited! I'm nervous! I'm crazy!
I'm thrilled that I finally had the nerve to push the registration button, just like Cory Reese said to do.