A seed is planted…
The last time I had doubt about a race was my first marathon many years ago. I have not had any doubts about a race since then. I realized that simply meant I was not going beyond the known. If you don’t have a bit of fear or doubt or uncertainty from time-to-time, you are not really growing or pushing yourself or extending yourself outside your comfort zone.
I was sitting outside in July thinking about my next target race. I remember the moment clearly - a bright day, sitting in the sun in a lawn chair thinking about it. There were a few options, and I was going to have to decide between a marathon, a 1/2 marathon, or a 10k.
And then of course it became instantly clear. Why do I have to pick one?
Why only run one?
The distances popped through my head quickly, and the idea kept growing. If I do a marathon, 1/2 marathon, and 10k, that would only be 45.5 miles. Nobody goes to bed at 45 miles. How are you gonna leave it there? Go ahead and break 50, what are you thinking?
So if I add an 8k, that gets me over 50, but it leaves out one of my favorites, the 5k. Why not go for the full-house of distance events and do all 5 races? 53.6 miles?
Okay, now we are getting somewhere!
I have always had this idea that I wanted to be able to run any race distance at any time. Like I could just show up at a race and they would tell me how far it was that morning and I could run it. (I am not there, but it was just a thought I always had that it would be cool to be able to do that.)
So the next logical progression was to think - not only can you run any distance, but you can run them all on the same day.
Now my thoughts were getting really silly!
Well, the way these thoughts work…once they are in my head there is just no way to get rid of them. I can either do this or spend the rest of my life thinking about it.
So I guess I gotta do it.
Okay Eric, now let’s figure some of this stuff out and get your head wrapped around this thing.