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boy am I going to have some questions for people
 

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Yes... it will be my first race longer than 5 miles...LOL!!! kind of a backwords approach to my Fall Marathon training..<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
But my legs really thrive on trail surfaces and I will have ran atleast 26 miles before that date... Hopefully my feet and toes etc... hold up in the next 8 weeks of training before I taper.
 

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Dude!<br><br>
Why?<br><br>
I ask only b/c I think about doing ultras...and then I think better of it. I'd be curious to hear your reasons, if you would like to share them.
 

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Wow. I have never even considered an ultra, and I have only done one trail run (not counting a marathon on a former railroad bed which was like a road anyway). It was only 15k. I got beat up pretty good: two falls, one into brambles, and the other on a rocky slope. My legs were completely brown with mud by the end. I also had this Blair Witch Project-like feeling as I wasn't real sure where I was in the woods but it seemed like I already covered certain parts before. At the end, I was given a ticket allowing me to shower. I quickly learned however that showers in state parks don't have hot water. Bottom line, I was sorer from this run than most marathons I have done.
 

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Why..... this is a good question... and without going into too much detail... I will say that the only thing that keeps me running is the thought of going further and getting off the road.... If I were to run 5 miles 3-5 times a week through neighborhoods on sidewalks I would do this about two weeks and go nuts! I absolutely love trails and the hills and Mud and rocks etc... falling on them makes you focus more on your run and not on time or miles into the run.... every step counts kind of thing. Ultra distance... well once again My wife has always said my brain is not connected properly so will use that excuse for now.... Really where I see myself going with running is to the adventure running even more than ultras... Google Jay mountain races in Vermont... that seems like a blast to me!!!! so does the idea of running through the night versus the day. or running Sunday when it is supposed to be -4 or 5 degrees and I plan on spending 3-4 hours out their in it... Why,because it is different and not every one will do it.I could keep going and maybe I will add more later... but Running in these formats... Trails Especially just is completely soothing to me.<img alt="icon_salut.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_salut.gif"><br><br>
I will edit this already to Add... I do not take life too serious and I have found that most trail and Ultra runners do not either... it is more about getting out their and competing with friends and enjoying beer etc... afterwords.
 

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I applaud your approach. Good luck in your endeavor. cj
 

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Congrats<br><br>
Sounds fun - I think your running friends have something to do with it ? If you hang out with ultra trail runners, then it would be only natural to do a trail50k 1st.<br><br>
The beatiful thing about ultras are they are low key where the vast majority of people are out to enjoy the day and finish. Most are no their to run themselves into the ground to chase a "fast" time.<br><br>
Walking is OK and often a natural part of these events. In some ways a 50k ultra may be easier than a marathon for a 1st long event. But it is still 31 miles vs 26 over tougher terain.
 
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