How much do you know about yourself if you’ve never ran an Ultra marathon before?
Do you even run bro? Welcome to Zombie rule #1 cardio. Zombies live a very active lifestyle, so should you!
I have always been a fan of finding humor in any and all situations good or bad including self admitted events like runs, races, rucks, marathons and now Ultra Marathons. Let me start out by saying thank you Coach Sean for suggesting this race a few months ago. I really have been looking for something new and exciting and some what torturous to put my mind, body and soul through for one fourth of the day. If you are new to the Endurance world an Ultra marathon is any distance over the traditional 26.2 miles. Most Ultra marathons are 50 kilometers (31.069 mi), 100 kilometers (62.137 mi), 50 miles (80.4672 km), and 100 miles. This race runs through the White Tank Mountain regional park in Waddell, Arizona with elevation changes that go from 1,500 to 3,000 feet.
Sean and I will be joined by KOKORO 34 graduate and pain fitness junky Paul D. who loves a good time trekking through the desert with his buddies on a gorgeous Saturday in March. I can honestly say I am very excited to test this distance out and see what my body is capable of handling. More importantly is the psychology and “Jedi mind training” as I like to call it that no doubt becomes the most difficult thing to manage in long runs. My mantra the past few weeks has become something I repeat in my mind over and over again. HEAD | HEART | LUNGS | LEGS repeat HEAD | HEART | LUNGS | LEGS as I take each step forward it allows me to do a self diagnostic check on everything that’s happening inside of me. Along with hydration and nutrition we have really been learning how well our bodies handle the high stress environment for prolonged periods of time. For this we called in Bill Ditman our resident Ultra Runner and SICFIT Scottsdale Ambassador. Bill’s advice was simple “Drink and eat” often and early before you may think you need it. Stick with whole foods like fruit, nuts, seeds and jerky over synthetic foods like goos, gels, powders and ready made drinks. You will use both but avoid the latter as long as possible. If you are interested in learning more about SICFIT Scottsdale’s endurance program talk to Coach Sean or myself and we can get you linked in with our long distance community.
If you need new shoes and want the best customer service along with the greatest product I have ever experienced YOU MUST GO SEE Linda des Groseilliers at Fleet Feet Sports in Scottsdale. 480.907.6699. Linda had everything in stock that I needed and had me in a specific trail running shoe to with stand the 32 miles.
Thank you so much Linda for getting me ready for my first Ultra marathon race.