Taking the plunge into the unknown...

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Taking the plunge into the unknown...

Postby dwayne_runs_far » Mon Feb 27, 2006 5:29 pm

Well, this weekend was momentous on a number of levels.

On Saturday I set out for a 31 mile run, ended up cutting it short at about 27 because of frost-bite on my finger. It's fine now, and in fact so is everything else! I have been struggling with the feeling of an impending injury the last few weeks, but I realized late in the past week that a lot of that was just the normal soreness of training being 'exaggerated' in my mind by my own neurotic thoughts of self doubt. This run was the 'breakthrough' I needed to convince myself of what was possible. I hadn't ran that far since the summer's epic 33 mile trail run and neither my calf nor my adductor even had a twinge of soreness.

What this run told me was that, YES, I was ready to tackle what has been an ominous goal for me since Aug of 2004 when a stress fracture sidelined me.

I am now officially registered for my first 100km ultra. 27 May, 5am; the Blackfoot Ultra.

There, I said it, can't take it back. In 88 days I will be either well on my way to becoming an ultramarathoner or else I'll be laying on a stretcher wondering what went wrong :-)

Now, to plan one heck of a m&g in Edmonton for the end of May!

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Postby Jo-Jo » Mon Feb 27, 2006 5:54 pm

Oh No...another crazy puppy in our midst :wink: :D

Just because I think you're crazy...will in no way diminish my support for your endeavour!!

Seriously...this is exciting news...you have to keep us posted on your training.

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Re: Taking the plunge into the unknown...

Postby PushRunz » Mon Feb 27, 2006 6:01 pm

dsandall wrote:I am now officially registered for my first 100km ultra. 27 May, 5am; the Blackfoot Ultra.



:shock: Whoa.... :shock:

Good luck! :clap:

And... :shock: whoa...


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Postby Size5 » Mon Feb 27, 2006 6:05 pm

I'm SOOOOO Excited for you Dwayne!!! having witnessed many a 100 km racers complete I just can't wait for you to live the experience in your life. Plus, I am looking forward to a great M&G along with lots of good RM cheering out on the course at Blackfoot!

See you there! :wink:

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Postby ultraslacker » Mon Feb 27, 2006 6:11 pm

k, I'm marking in my calendar RIGHT NOW. we will definitely have an awesome M&G!

do you want it before or after the race??
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Postby Size5 » Mon Feb 27, 2006 6:38 pm

AFTER!!!

Have you seen the heebee jeebeezee you get before running an ultra?

Sunday is my vote.... after my massage :lol: so I can walk there

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Postby ultraslacker » Mon Feb 27, 2006 6:39 pm

k, then I'll have to take Sunday off of work (not a problem, I'll take any excuse to get out of the sunday shifts!). I was just thinking that our ultramarathoners might be really EXHAUSTED on sunday!
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Postby Size5 » Mon Feb 27, 2006 6:40 pm

well it is only my vote :wink:

Dwayne? LJA? Natalie?

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Postby wantmeback » Mon Feb 27, 2006 7:08 pm

This race is on a Saturday....

Okay, this could work out. I should be able to come out and cheer. Corporate challenge is on, but I usually have the first Saturday off. Sunday for a M&G might be a little trickier, because I have CC triathlon in the morning, and then my grandma's birthday, but I can make it work. I won't pass up the opportunity to meet some Maniacs from the 'Peg!
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Postby QuickChick » Mon Feb 27, 2006 7:32 pm

Wow, that is an amazing goal. I agree with Jo-Jo that you may be a bit nuts... but in a good way! Have fun training and good luck.
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Postby dwayne_runs_far » Mon Feb 27, 2006 10:04 pm

Thanks to all of you for the words of encouragement! Just like the fans cheering when you're slugging it out, the words do help.

I agree with Size5, Sunday is the way to go for the m&g. Is there a place with lazee-boy recliners? :-)

And yes, QuickChick & Jo-Jo, I am a bit off my rocker, but I'm OK with it:-)

Lots of training miles to go between now & then though!

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Postby Agent Provocateur » Mon Feb 27, 2006 10:15 pm

Size5 wrote:well it is only my vote :wink:

Dwayne? LJA? Natalie?

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Postby Dstew » Mon Feb 27, 2006 10:25 pm

Given your attitude, I believe the following quote best applies:

Some people follow their dreams, others hunt them down and beat them mercilessly into submission.

Good luck.

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Postby Size5 » Mon Feb 27, 2006 10:33 pm

dsandall wrote: Is there a place with lazee-boy recliners? :-)

Dwayne


Just my living room with the leather lazyboy recliner :)

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Postby pts » Tue Feb 28, 2006 7:36 am

WOW! I am very impressed, you will do great! Good Luck!

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Postby RayMan » Tue Feb 28, 2006 7:57 am

You ultra-racers are impressive! Good luck and stay healthy!

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Postby clocker » Tue Feb 28, 2006 9:05 am

Dwayne you've kept that flame burning for quite a while now. An admirable goal!
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Postby dgrant » Tue Feb 28, 2006 9:13 am

Great stuff Dwayne! Can't wait to read your ultra-report!

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Postby rune163 » Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:20 pm

good luck blackfooters! can't wait to hear all about it! have a post run brew for me :)

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Postby jgore » Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:28 pm

ultrarune wrote:have a post run brew for me :)

It seems to me your specialty is having a during-the-run brew, isn't it? :D

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Postby rune163 » Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:51 pm

oh yeah that too! its cause i behave the night before and don't carbo load enough.... ;)
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Postby mlazenby » Tue Feb 28, 2006 6:41 pm

I'm glad to hear the training's going so well. I'll definitely be thinking of your impending feat as I stumble through my little 50 miler the day before. Good luck!
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Postby Prairiekid » Tue Feb 28, 2006 9:16 pm

Dwayne - I'm so glad to hear that your Ultra plans are back on track. I still remember that measly 10k run you did with me two summers ago, and then finding out muc later that it was your last run for ages due to injury. Way to keep the dream alive!!!

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Postby dwayne_runs_far » Tue Feb 28, 2006 11:59 pm

Prairiekid wrote:Dwayne - I'm so glad to hear that your Ultra plans are back on track. I still remember that measly 10k run you did with me two summers ago, and then finding out muc later that it was your last run for ages due to injury. Way to keep the dream alive!!!

- Pam

Pam, I remember that run quite well too.. knowing that I did that (plus I ran to & from the park that night, another 15k round trip) with a stress fracture, thinking it was just 'sore' definately fine tuned my ability to listen to my body. I even walked the mile to my physio the next day thinking that the walk would help 'loosen' me up, ugh.

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Postby dwayne_runs_far » Wed Mar 01, 2006 12:06 am

mlazenby wrote:I'm glad to hear the training's going so well. I'll definitely be thinking of your impending feat as I stumble through my little 50 miler the day before. Good luck!


Barely a half marathon difference between our events :-) Where is the Sulpher Springs race at? What sort of plan are you following? I'm using the Hal Higdon Comrades Marathon plan, with a few modifications based on some input from a couple ultra runners I've met.

Hey, if the dark siders have a group of their own, maybe there should be a "extra maniac" group too :-)

Enjoy the training, enjoy the race,
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