Wednesday, October 30, 2013

And the crazy jouney to 100 begins...

Happy Wednesday!

  It's a gray, rainy day today. At least it's almost 60 degrees, so I won't complain about that!

So...what crazy journey am I talking about?
A 100 mile ultra. That I'm going to do. In 6 months.
I've thought about it, and thought about it, and thought about it some more. I talked to my friend Mike, who has done a 100 miler, he says I can do it. I follow some FB friends who have done it. So I finally decided. I'm going to do it. Really.

It's the Indiana Trail 100 at Chain O' Lakes state park. They also have a 50 mile option, which I considered. But I really want to do the whole thing. I don't want to just do half of it.

My training started this week. It is going to get a little crazy! But if you know me at all, I love crazy. The crazier, the better! I'm sure it will be the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, I may just want to die at mile 60. But I will keep going. I'm not stopping or quitting. I WILL run (and walk) 100 miles on April 26-27, 2014!

 My inspiration is my brother, Dustin, who through hiked the Appalachian Trail in 6 months last year. Day after day after day, he woke up and hiked 20-30 miles daily, until he finished. Through the rain, the storms, the near death moments- he persevered and never quit. If he can do that, I can do 100 miles. 

 In this year that I've been running seriously, I've learned that you really can do anything you set your mind to. That's not just a cliche. I could barely run a 5k, yet I had dreams of running a marathon. Now I've done that twice. Anything is possible!!

  I am in the process of recruiting a 2013 Louisville Ironman to join me, and possibly another friend as well. This would be much easier if I had some company!



Whaddya think? Have I totally lost my marbles?? (Not that it will change my mind!)
katie

41 comments:

  1. Yes, you have lost your marbles...but you lost them a long time ago!
    Lots of hard work and training lies ahead of you, but if you are committed to 100 then I'm sure you'll get it done! Good luck to you :)

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  2. Yes you have lost all your marbles!!! But I say GO FOR IT!!!!!!

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  3. Wow! You really are a little be crazy. :) Good luck with your training. So intense!!

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  4. Awesome!!! Good luck!

    Jen@PregnantDiabetic

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  5. Amazing. Not something I ever plan to do - but I really look forward to seeing your journey!

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  6. This is crazy! I cannot wait to see how you do! I know you can do whatever you put your mind to!

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  7. There are different levels of crazy... I NEVER thought I'd run a marathon; not because I couldn't but because I didn't want to (until I did!). If you want this, you can do it, but yes, you maybe have lost your marbles! What is even the training to prepare for a 100 mile run? I can't even imagine your weekend long runs! Lol

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    1. I agree, there are different levels of crazy! The training for it is 2 shorter runs during the week, and then 2 long runs back to back on the weekends. Like 15 on Saturday and 17 on Sunday. Something crazy like that! It just gets your body used to the fatigue. The most it goes up to is 30 miles in 1 day. I can't wait!

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  8. Holy Cow, you have lost your marbles! That is crazy but like you said, you like crazy! You are such an inspiration! You will do it though. Enjoy all your training!

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  9. Love it! I'm so excited for you and hope to do this myself someday soon! It will be awesome to follow your journey! Go get 'em!

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  10. You have totally lost em, but you know what? It isn't necessarily a bad thing! Do you do that all at one time or in a few days?

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    1. That's true, it's not exactly a bad thing! I'll have 30 hours to complete it.

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  11. Yep! You've lost them! :) But that's alright! I want to do a 100 miler someday, too!

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    1. Haha! Maybe we can do a 100 together someday! :)

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  12. Wow, that is truly amazing! Can't wait to hear about your training for a 100 miler!

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  13. wow!!! this is so amazing and motivating, one day Katie I hope I can write to you and tell you I am planning something like this :)

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  14. Katie, I think you are amazing! I can't wait to follow your journey to 100!

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  15. Katie...are you kidding? Not crazy at all, but super amazing!!! Hello, how inspiring and reading this post just makes me want to push myself further....You go girl and I can't wait to follow the journey :)

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    1. No kidding at all! I'm doing it!! Thanks girl!! :)

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  16. Yes, you have lost your marbles, in my opinion, but it's not my opinion that counts!!!! 100 miles, Oh my!
    It is great that you are going after what you really want to do!

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  17. Wow, totally impressed. You go girl because I have NO desire whatsoever to do that! I will live vicariously through you :) Can't wait to read all about it and keep up with you during your training!

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  18. Gett'm Girl! I still think you need to come in Dec for Huff to scout the trail. I'm only doing the 10 mile option at Huff though since it's so close to Dopey.

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    1. I will definitely look into that. I will scout out the trail at some point before the race though!

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  19. You are such a badass! Woman you will never cease to inspire or amaze me!! :) xoxo I'll be cheering you on from KS!! :)

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  20. Wow! My good friend ran his first 50 miler in April of this year, but he has been running for years and took a full year to train for the race, and I've met several 100 mile ultra runners through my running group. Some CRAZY stories and their trainng is super intense. I've no doubt you'll finish the race because you are AMAZING, but the mom in me is just worried about your safety when only having 6 months to train for 100 miles! Please please be sure you recruit a safety runner/pacer, even if you have to pay an experienced ultra runner to do it (there are actually people who make a living being paid pacers! Wouldn't that be awesome!?). Your life could depend on it! I'm so excited to follow your journey!

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    1. Wow, a year to train?? I think if I was going from being a non runner to wanting to run 100, I would need to train for a year. But by that time I will have done 4 marathons, and I also plan on doing a 50k and a 50 miler (on my own) before the 100 too. And my plan is for 6 months. So I think I'll be fine! I will be very careful though. Thank you for caring. :)
      I didn't know there was such a thing as a paid pacer! That would be awesome!

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