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Fitness Friday || Test Your Limits. Running Beyond A Marathon.

Welcome to Fitness Friday #50

Celebrate fitness. Celebrate good health. Celebrate friends. Celebrate your passion.

Running the 12-hour relay a few weeks ago with Chad may have, in fact, changed my entire perspective on running. An ultra was always a distance that other people ran. Not me. I gave running beyond a marathon very little thought. Until now. I can only compare the obsession feeling to how I felt after running my first race. I wanted to run more and I wanted to learn everything I could about running.  I immersed myself in reading books, meeting other runners and asking Chad a million questions. So, where does that leave me now? Reading. Googling. Asking questions. And needing trail shoes.

As I sit here writing this I’m realizing that yes, I still want to increase my pace but not as much as I want to increase the distance. How far? I don’t know. Maybe I will find that 31 miles is far enough. Maybe 50 miles will be my limit. What I do know is that I want to find out.

I have Chad enabling my obsession. He sent me an email that included this

He is referring to Running to Infinity‘s Running 200 which looks like this

Now who’s the crazy one in this relationship 🙂

How do you test your limits? Lift more weight? Bike more miles? Swim more laps? Has your perspective on running or fitness in general changed over the years? Do you remember how it felt the first time you accomplished a fitness goal? What is the longest distance you have ever considered (or would consider) running?



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  1. Just added my Fitness Friday (Saturday) post. I have a goal of running a 10K. I started running a few years ago and before that was never really “athletic”, just did dance most of my life! I took a break this winter from running because of a surgery, so I am slowly getting back up to a 5K then I will begin training for a 10K. I cant wait to say I have run a 10K.

    1. Great goal and it’s so exciting to train for a new distance! Last year I had surgery 3 times and I have decided it I could make it through the frustration of recovery and the effort that it takes to return to running without quitting I can accomplish anything 🙂

      Good luck with your training. I look forward to following your fitness journey!

      Oh and welcome to Fitness Friday 🙂

  2. Hmm, before we know it, you’ll be posting about a medal from the Western States 100! 🙂 I admire your goals and can’t wait to read more about them!

    Just stumbled across your blog and plan to come back for a Fitness Friday post at some point…

    1. Hi and thank you Jan! Welcome to Fitness, Health and Happiness! I look forward to following your fitness journey.

  3. Lilli Toby says:

    Your both CRAZY!!! I push harder and I love the feeling of moving up heavier in weights or accomplishing more reps. I also love when I can push myself farther in running. It makes me feel real good about myself and how far I have come.

    1. Hi Lilli. That is awesome that you keep a focus on strength training. I finally started strength training consistently about 2 years ago and it has made a big difference in my running.

  4. This relay sounds like so much fun for you guys to do together! Are you thinking about putting it on the calendar for 2012 or 2013?

    1. Hi Suzanne. I thought we were talking maybe 2013. Then a few emails later he said “we can do it”. Chad wants to run it this year. Me? My only hesitation is losing focus of my 2012 goals and whether or not I can do it all.

  5. So great that your husband runs with you, what a fun race to be a part of together, I say go for it 🙂

    1. I know it would be a great [and challenging] experience! I’m so grateful that Chad and I share a love of running.

  6. Sounds like fun to me! I think you should go for it! It’s so nice that you have Chad, who is just as “crazy” as you are! I love that quote. Isn’t it the truth!?

    1. Chad is usually so level headed a rational about these kinds of things. I was sure he meant for us to run it maybe next year. I was surprised when he emailed me and said “we can do it” and mean this year. I’m not alone in my craziness 🙂

  7. What a great thing to do together! I admire your ambition and excitement in moving towards your goals!

  8. I love that your husband is part of this journey with you. So exciting. I think an ultra is too much for me, but I may venture to run one more marathon. WE shall see:) 2013 may be my marathon year!

    1. I’m so grateful that a love of running is something Chad and I can share. Who knows what 2013 has in store for us. Endless possibilities of a new year!

    1. Thank you Carrie. We’ve talked about it all weekend. So tempted! My only hesitation is I don’t want to lose sight of my 2012 goals and I’m not sure if I can do it all. Or can I 🙂

  9. I was just thinking about how far I’ve come in six months with my running and how far I want to go. I’ve struggled a bit with being a mom of 5 kids and not feeling like “training” though I’d love to run longer distances. I definitely want to run a half marathon. Question is – do I want to do that this year, or keep working on making my hip stronger and running longer distances? Definitely something to ponder.

    I can’t wait to hear about what you decide to do. I feel inspired by other women who exercise and set goals for themselves.

    1. Hi Bar. It’s tough balancing it all! If it were me I would focus on getting your hip stronger and gradually building the miles. My .02 🙂

      I am exactly the same way about other women setting fitness goals and doing what it takes to achieve those goals. So inspiring!

  10. ohhh exciting go for it girl!!! I absolutely know you have the mental strength to do it which is really all that’s required since you already have the physical strength.

    I want to do an ultra at some point, but i think i’d like to get a few trail races under my belt first

  11. Wow, Jill- that’s awesome! I definitely know the feeling of getting hooked on running and wanting more and more. Right now I want to get in a few more marathons before I consider going beyond that… but I wouldn’t say it’s out of the question. It makes such a difference that your husband ‘gets it’- mine is supportive, but thinks the marathon distance is crazy enough. 🙂

    1. It makes everything so much easier with a supportive husband/wife. I have friends that aren’t that fortunate.

      Thanks Laura 🙂

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