Thursday, October 18, 2012
The other side of ultra-running
My friend, Alan, calls it "ultra-itis". but I think Chelsea described it better - "postpartum running syndrome". Symptoms include sleeping-in, aversion to trail shoes, excuses not to exercise, and a tendency to stay in town rather than drive to the mountains. I have also resorted to reading the classics and going to the symphony. Heck, I even went back to work......sort of. Mostly I stare at my computer for hours on end and just think about my PhD.
Post-season is a good time to remember that I am other things than an ultra-marathon runner. And be OK with it. Or to experiment with new things. Diversify. I've taken up spinning, which is a humbling endeavor as I struggle not to vomit during the 45-minute class. I have also gone back to swimming, and yoga, and baking, and attending to all those home-owner responsibilities that get completely ignored during the summer of mountain running obsession.
People keep asking me about 2013 and my next crazy goal. I've got a few things brewing, and they are not adventures that you can check off a typical 100-miler list. Get my pilots license is one of them, but that has nothing to do with running. I'm desperate for another solo fast-pack. I also want to explore the Yukon. And go back to Tor Des Geants. And be the first woman to ever finish the Barkley Marathons (OK, that's a completely ridiculous dream but someone has to do it and I am quite comfortable with the ridiculous). And, and, and......
In the meantime, I am just trying to survive in that no-mans land between the best summer ever and the awesome ski season to come.
Posted by Nicki Rehn at 8:29 PM