Eight years later, after participating in 30 marathons, over 40 half marathons, roughly more than 5 trail races, over 10 sprint/oly triathlons, and a bunch of short runs (5k/10k)…. (let me catch my breath)… I am embarking on another challenge: Â the ultra runs!
Today, I registered for my first ultra run, the American River 50 mile run. Â Can I do it? Â I will most certainly try!
Why I am doing this: Â I’ve ran so many marathons and half marathons, and those 26.2 and 13.1 mile distances have been too easy. Â I don’t mean that I run them too easy, don’t get me wrong. Â I suffer sometimes on these races. Since I have been doing this for so long, I get complacent and think that I can do anything even without training. Â So for half of those races I’ve mentioned earlier, I have not trained at all, and thus I’ve not done too well. Â So I figured, running a longer distance will motivate me to train better, eat better, and become better, stronger, faster. Â In addition, after running this 50 mile distance, I should be ready to do a half Ironman triathlon (the 70.3 distance) and then perhaps my dream of doing at least one full Ironman triathlon (the 140.6?).
I have another cause for this run. Â I will be running this race in memory of my dear friend and big brother, Herman Atienza. Â This will be a race added to Team Herman 2012. Â We will raise funds for a cure for Pancreatic Cancer, so join me as we help eradicate this disease.
So folks, keep me honest and remind me to train! Â Check in with me to see if I am training. Â Wake me up if I am not. Â Then, if you are in the Sacramento area, on April 7, 2012, come out and try to watch me race! Â You have all 13 hours to try to find me on the race course. Â If you want to be on my crew (which I will start to recruit some people for this), please email me directly or call my cell phone, if you have it.