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Thursday, November 3, 2011

I've got some bad PMS – (Post Marathon Syndrome, that is)

Yep, its already set in.  Although my ear ache continues to linger, my legs are just about recovered and my head is already looking forward…..but to what?

Boston’s already on the calendar for April (yeah!), but I feel like I want more.  I don’t want to overdo and end up injured or burned out, but this great post-race feeling has me hankering for more, more, more!

Which has me thinking…..Could 2012 be the year of the ultra? 

After supporting Scott at his ultra last year (StoneCat 50 mile trail race) and applauding an impressive 9:56 finish, I’ve been wondering ever since if I have what it takes to complete one.  Things seem more attainable when someone you know and love has completed the event and didn’t die J  Scott also offered to run it with me, should I decide to take the plunge.  Cuz here’s the thing:  most, if not all, ultras seem to be held on trails.  And that’s one sure fire way for this chic to get lost in a big way. 

Scott + Lisa / Ultra = Finishing Without Getting Lost

I completed my first trail race last Spring (yes, with Scott as my compass partner) and loved it!  It was muddy and messy and a minor ankle sprain served as my battle wound.  It was only 4 miles, but it was a good taste of what might come in future trail races.

So now that I’ve revealed my ultra “bubble” that’s been floating over my head, it might be time to actually commit and construct a race calendar.  Hm, what should it look like ~

January        Derry 16 Miler
February       Hyannis Full or Half
April              Boston Marathon
May              Pineland Farms 50K or 50 Miler
Fall               StoneCat 50 Miler

This weekend, I will be back at the StoneCat ultra to support Scott and our friend Andy.  This year, Scott’s “only” doing the half (26.2 miles), while Andy is taking on the full 50 mile route.  Scott’s plan is to help pace Andy; my plan is to support them both and to do a little recon at StoneCat as a possible ultra race option.

StoneCat 2010 - early morning start

 So what do you think?  Anyone else caught the ultra bug?


  1. Wow! I haven't caught the ultra bug yet - I have to finish my first full first. What a great goal! You could definitely pull it off.

    On a side note - I love that you need a human compass on trail races. :D

  2. Ummmm I think it is safe to say I will not catch an ultra bug....but I really admire people who do!!! Good luck to Scott and Andy!!! I'm u toying with doing Hyannis Half in Feb...maybe I'll see you there!

  3. Thanks Mandy...yeah, I'm not too proud to admit I have no sense of direction. Things could always be worse!

    Nancy - I'd love to meet up if/when I firm up Hyannis. Cool!

  4. No, no I have not caught the ultra bug at all. I don't even know if I have caught the marathon bug! But I totally get wanting to up the ante. Once you accomplish one big goal your brain starts moving to bigger things. I get that! But so not there!!!! I will so cheer you on if you chose to do it!

  5. That is a great goal for next year! I am impressed that you are considering it. I run on trails here in Colorado but I haven't entertained the thought of an ultra yet!

  6. Hey Christi - in fact, my husband sent me a link to -

    But I think that might be a little bit much to start out.....

    God, I love that little Reba of yours :)