What is my comfort zone? I like running 5ks, half marathons, cycling up to 100 miles, blogging, and speaking publicly. To step out of my comfort zone I need to write for a company or speak for a company, that I'm trying to do. What about the athletic side? The truth is I have set a goal, in 16 months I would like to be running my first ultra marathon. I have my eyes set on the Bear Mountain 50k!!
Speaking with a truly great ultra marathoner just over a month ago had me sold on doing an ultra. Unlike doing a marathon I'm going to do an ultra the right way, I will train properly and have a plan. The truth is that I'm very scared to do an ultra, I have started reading one of the books that is pictured and it has me shaking with fear. It speaks of running while losing toenails, puking, and pushing yourself to mental exhaustion. For many that sounds horrible, it doesn't sound like fun to me either but I'm not running for fun. I'm running to be a better person and from a lot of research all I hear is that the person who finishes an ultra is so much different than the one that started.
When it comes to diabetes and running an ultra I don't what to do!! Yes I have run a marathon and did so with very respectable blood sugars, but 30 miles in the woods up and down a mountain. That is crazy, am I scared? YES!! I plan on running with a backpack full of food and all of my diabetes supplies. Other than that I don't know what to do diabetes wise. It scares me that I keep hearing from people that have run ultras that at some point I will puke because your body needs food but at the same time doesn't want food during an ultra. I need to find what works for me, is it gels or is it peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? I don't know I also don't know what will happen to my blood sugar when I puke around mile 20.
I know that this post will scare my parents and Leanne. I will hear from many people that I'm crazy or that I shouldn't do it. Much like my ultra marathon idol, when I hear I can't or that I shouldn't that means I will!!