This may be premature and probably crazy, but I am contemplating the possibility of running the 50K next year. Assumming I do well at the 25k that is. I am not sure I have it in me as the training is time intensive.....but I just NEED a cowbell...what can I say.
I wish the 25k would give out something...maybe a little tiny bell...you know like a miniature cowbell? Just to get us short distance runners a kick in the butt.
I am not sure what is drawing me to this type of running as I have always thought speed..speed...speed in the past and longer distance, though some are speedy at it, is a lot slower in comparison.
Besides the fact that I enjoy running off road, My initial reason for running the 25k was a way to train better for my 10K races. I wanted to try and PR this year in the LL Bean 10K, The pat's 5 miler and the Beach to Beacon. My road training always seem to lead me into to overtraining injuries.... I thought the longer trail running would be a good approach to combat that.
As luck has it, I do have an injury right now from running track...not the cross country.....Perhaps I just push too far in track? Perhaps I don't really need the speed workout. I didn't run track in 2002 and 2003 which is when I accomplished most of my PR's. Including a great PR in the half marathon.
I guess I will see how I feel after the 25K.....if I am still walking ... I suspect it will be tough!
So why was it I wanted to run the 50K? I don't know, I have only run one Marathon up till now ......so maybe I don't know what I am getting myself into... Maybe I am crazy after all.