It’s really is hard to believe that it has been about a month since racing on the Big Island! However, getting out of work in the dark and setting out gloves and arm warmers for runs are a constant reminder that it is the off season — at least from triathlon. Earlier this year I had to ask coach Hillary the old “Mother May I….?” when suggesting to put this last race on the schedule. But, as someone who is heading to Ultraman for her end of the season finale, I had a hunch it wouldn’t be a tough sell! And so it goes, the JFK 50 mile is only 11 days away!
I was in luck this year as the turning of the leaves came a week or so later than usual and that meant one of my big trail runs after I came off some rest post-Kona was amidst the gorgeous fall foliage that can be found on the Appalachian Trail. I was also super lucky to have good company on this run – and 60 degree temps. This run was meant to be.
However, that run though was a cruel reminder of the differences between ultrarunning and triathlon! I think I was more sore after 26 technical miles and almost 6 hours of running than after any Ironman this year! Round two this past weekend was much better and I’m super pleased with how my body is coming around. This year will mark my 5th finish for JFK, which is always a special landmark to get to. I’m also really looking forward to seeing how I approach an ultra now as I feel more prepared than ever for the “race” aspect of ultrarunning. Being out on the trails the past couple weeks certainly planted the seed in my head that I am stronger than ever out there, and I’m looking forward to bringing this fitness to the races.
I’ll leave you with one more fun fact: The JFK 50 mile in 2007 was actually the first time that Hillary and I ever raced each other! We didn’t know each other then, but finished within 7 minutes of each other!