I just put my entry for the John F Kennedy (JFK) 50 mile race in the mail (they are old school, no electronic sign-up):
There was a moment’s hesitation before I mailed it. Do I really want to do this? Or am I just doing it because I said I would? You see, many moons ago I used to run regularly with Reston Runners. Because I loved trails, I did many trail runs with them, some lasting over 4 hours, and so Anna Bradford, who was the president of the club at the time as well as the JFK coordinator (which she still is), asked me when I was going to run JFK. “When I’m 40,” was my reply. I was in my 20s at the time so 40 was waaaay off and I didn’t have to think about it much. Note that I hadn’t even run a marathon at this point and had no intention of running 50 miles. That was just crazy.
Over the years I’d think about JFK and it just seemed too far, too difficult, too much. And then gradually the idea started growing on me. Of course, I had to start with a 50K first. That went exceptionally well, so well in fact that I immediately wanted to do more ultras. Around the same time, I realized that my promise of doing JFK when I turned 40 coincided with the race’s 50th anniversary. And that made me think it was meant to be.
So November 17th, 2012 I plan to toe the line at the 50th annual JFK 50 mile. My only goal (as it should be) is to finish. I know it will be hard. I’ve heard the stories. I’m running the race because I really, really want to do it. And…because I said I would.
Are you running JFK 50? Have you ever run an Ultra? If not, is ultrarunning on your bucket list? Do you think I’m crazy? Don’t answer that.