My quest for my #ULTRAredemption got REAL last week when I officially registered for the CedarIsland40. Which might I add is actually 42 miles!
I was excited and felt like I would vomit at the same time. I immediately sent out an email to my running peeps letting them know of my quest. I need their support and to hold me accountable for what I have sought out to do. My first Ultra attempt was a FAIL! A novice mistake I learned from. Don’t get me wrong…I was very proud of the fact I accomplished 28 miles on a very technical trail with limited lung function before being pulled. It just did not end the way I intended.
So I am calling a “DO OVER” My sister (Amy),one of my biggest supporters, is the race director for the Cedar Island 40. Its pretty exciting! From day one she said you are either volunteering or running. Running it is! Ironically, the race starts in the same city where I ran my first half marathon in 2009. I will take this as a good sign. Amy says I got this…I appreciate her vote of confidence.
Almost two months out I am already way more prepared than last time. You have to love fellow bloggers who offer so much insight and information. Many thanks to ActiveHarmony for an awesome book referral Relentless Forward Progress A Guide to running Ultramarathons. I love it! Its been an awesome resource for general information and training plans. Thanks to a fellow tweep @JieWie I picked up a Nathan Endurance Vest, 2-liter. It arrived tonight and is super light and comfortable. I cannot wait to test it out this weekend.
Since my last ultra attempt I have added Crossfit into my weekly training. I started last April and LOVE IT! My strength training in the past was hit or miss. Actually more of a miss. Crossfit has been an awesome addition to my weekly routine. I have found a great Box and coaches at Raleigh Crossfit. Coach Chennelle, Coach & Owner, of Raleigh Crossfit, was kind enough to review and provide input to my training plan. She has adapted my weekly Crossfit training and had me add in additional mobility and core work. In addition, she has asked me to give her an weekly update of my training. I am thrilled to do that and have the additional accountability for accomplishing my weekly training. Chennelle was kind enough to provide input into my training so I don’t want to let her down. I got to put in the work to get this thing DONE!