relays, ultras, and tris - oh my!
Hmm, guess what we're talking about over at the Runners' Lounge today?
This week, Take it and Run Thursday is focusing on the not-so-traditional running events ... mainly triathlons, relays, and ultra marathons.
I think it's pretty safe to say I'll never run an ultra marathon. Yes, I was once known to say I'd never run a full marathon. And somehow, that happened. But I'm pretty sure I won't change my mind on this one.
However, I apparently am willing run a half marathon one day and a full marathon the next. This is probably as close as I'm willing to get!
I'm currently training for my second sprint triathlon, Iron Girl, at the end of August. I had such a great time last year that I can't wait to do it again.
I've only been to the pool a few times so far (I didn't mean to slack all fall and winter ... ), but I'm already swimming longer without a break than I ever did last summer, other than race day. I've got a new bike, too, so hopefully I can get comfortable going a bit faster!
I can certainly see myself moving up to Olympic-distance triathlons -- Iron Girl's swim is pretty long for a sprint, so it wouldn't be that bad of a jump. While I'm not signing up anytime soon, a Half Ironman probably wouldn't be out of the question. But I think I have to draw the line at a full Ironman!
Now onto relays ... this is definitely something on my to-do list!
Back in April, I almost joined my friend's team for the American Odyssey Relay. A few members of her team had dropped out, and she send out an email looking for replacements. TWO WEEKS before the event!
Even without any special training, I was actually considering it. I had kept my mileage up after my March half marathon and April 10-mile race, so it wouldn't have been too bad.
But the race was the week after my vacation, and started on a Friday. I would have had to take another day off work at a time when I was seriously overbooked. I just couldn't afford to miss another day.
And yes, I would rather go into something like this with a little practice running more than once a day!
I'm sure it will happen. Maybe even later this year ... some friends are currently considering the DC Ragnar Relay in September. Sounds like fun!
Labels: running amuck