As if 2018 couldn’t be any more run-focused, last week, I made my step up into a whole new world of ultra running official. I am officially registered for the San Joaquin River Trail 100k.
I had never planned to do a 100k race. It was always one of those distances that was for other runners – the ones who dedicate their time to watching the Twitter feed of iRunFar.com (@iRunFar) during Western States or the stingy ones who don’t consider a 50k a “real” ultramarathon. I was never one of those people.
…Until some point, when I wasn’t paying attention, when I became one.
When it began, 2018 was going to be a return to 2 races per year. My Tokyo Marathon 2017 debacle (getting sick, puking most the race, walking, nearly dropping out, arguing with traveling companion/significant other, breaking up during trip) rattled me last year so I spent March-November focusing on deeply enjoying my miles. I had Sean O’Brien 50k in February and planned on finding a marathon to PR in during the fall. That was it and I felt quite content.
Then I did well in the 50k. In a bit of a whirlwind, I made friends in the ultra space who talked incessantly about all those things I actively ignored for so long. I, unknowingly, also became interested in the lives of the elite ultrarunners, the upcoming races, and the beautiful stories that Billy Yang’s docs told about both of these. Somehow, sending this pic of a Post-it on my work computer caused the word maybe to be crossed out in less than a day. I managed to do even better in that 50k (Shadow of the Giants) and I made more friends in the ultra space. I talked more about the world of ultramarathons, I followed more runners’ stories. I started a run streak after taking a few days off from running when I was sick. I went to the Bay Area and ran with a friend of a friend to run. I maintained my run streak – and upped my mileage. I started this blog. The writing was on the wall.
In late August, a friend from Shadow gently mentioned the San Joaquin River Trail 100k as I voiced my frustration at the cost of CIM (California International Marathon). In an instant, everything clicked, and my heart swooned.
All that brings me to this statement:
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I am going to run a 100k this December.
The level of excitement and eagerness I feel is through the roof.
Will update with progress along the way…