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Mar 22, 2014

Taking the next step......

Who would have guessed that after almost five years of changing my lifestyle that I would have done the things I've done.  I'm training for marathon #6 and #7 right now which I thought was crazy enough.

Apparently not.  I just signed up for my next adventure in running.  I'm moving to the dark side.  Yes, I've signed up for my first Ultramarathon.  Well, ok, it's "just" a 50k but it's a nasty hard one with 5,459 feet of elevation gain.  I'm pretty sure that means I might need to train on some hills this summer.

The race I signed up for is the Oil Creek 50k in Titusville, PA.  Its about 2 hours North of Pittsburgh on an incredible trail in Oil country at the Oil Creek State Park.  Here's a look at the map:
50k - one loop
It's funny because I'm not the only crazy one.  I'm running it with my running buddies, Kevin and Dave.  Also, the 50k is the SHORTEST distance.  There will be runners there running a 100k and 100 miler too.  It's sold out in about 3 minutes!!!!!!

It's taken me a long time to get my mind over running this distance.  Wouldn't you know that I happen to go with a pretty tough one.  I have Dave and Kevin to thank for that.

I'm sure I'll talk more about it as I start my training but I'm pretty excited.  Actually I'm freaking out.  That's over 31 miles of running.  Yikes!

Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!


  1. Yikes! Good Luck! Enjoy the new challenge.

  2. Ewwww......glad I'm only crazy enough to run marathons!!

  3. Yikes!! I'm not there yet. Not sure if I will ever be. Cant wait to read about your training and about the race itself. Maybe it will inspire me to do one some day.

  4. 50k's are fun. Trail 50k's are amazing. You will barely notice the extra 5 miles. Good Luck!

  5. I am so not there yet, I would like to think someday maybe. That is an exciting/scary step for you. That sold out FAST! So many crazy people!

  6. You might have to run a couple more miles...

  7. Nice! In my book you are finally joining the light side!

    1. Johann - you do have some incredible pictures of your long ones.

  8. You are going to love the 50K. I find it easier than running a road marathon!

  9. Congrats on taking the plunge! If you're at all like me, once you do your first trail 50K you'll never want to run a road marathon again. I'm doing 6 ultras this year, including my first 100K, all on trails. Hardcore fellow runners. Real food at the aid stations. There is no substitute!
    (Ann Arbor) Jeff