One of my biggest goals as an athlete is to make the jump to ultra marathons and or endurance cycling events. This dream started late last spring after interviewing Team Novo Nordisk member Stephen England, after our interview I told him that I would run an ultra marathon for him. Since that day I have been working to make that dream a reality. I knew how much work it would take to make the jump to from half marathons and marathons to a 50k. Starting in August I started to up my training to run a 50k in April.
Going in to my training I knew that everything would have to go perfectly, from my health to training I needed to not have a hiccup from August of 2015 until April of 2016. Unfortunately I lost almost two months due to a sickness that landed me in the emergency room and numerous doctor visits for the month of December. In those two months I lost over ten pounds and was unable to do any kind of training for a month and a half. Since New Years day I have been trying my best to get in runs and train, unfortunately that has not happened. With that said I have decided not to race The North Face 50k at Bear Mountain on April 30th.
The good news is that I'm healthy and everything in my life is going very well. I could compete and finish the 50k on April 30th but I would not be at my best and would not enjoy the race. A 50k is unlike any race that I have ever run, I have gutted out half marathons but putting my body through torture for a 50k would not be the best idea especially after what I went through this past December. Not running the 50k is the only change to my racing schedule, I will be running two half marathons in March and I'm looking forward to running a marathon (I'm entered in the NYC Marathon raffle again) this fall and or a smaller 50k in Connecticut towards the end of October. Waiting until the fall to run a 50k will allow me to focus on my family and get my A1C and blood sugars b ack to where they should be after being out of range for most of December and January.