I enjoyed a great time in the Florida Keys with my wife Darlene, my Mom and Dad, nephew Michael Bulach, and my two dogs Princie and Coachie. The trip went to plan, great time, enjoying the Keys in May, swimming, hitting the local places, a bit of relaxing but just too much to do, and a planned Ultramarathon run.
Tough training start
Jumping back in time, my training for the run was less than stellar. Had to deal with an issue with my work, where I spent long hours covering two of the facilities I am over … due to changing out the managers. Good thing is, this is a starting point to get back into good shape, and motivated to keep moving forward.
My real issue, was eliminating items from my daily schedule, so to dedicate the time for training. I have been a runner or into exercise all of my life, but struggle when working the longer hours and dealing with issues in my work.
The race itself
As the race began, it was hot and without shade. I started at a good pace so not to burn out, and carried 64 ounces of water with me. The plan was to meet my parents, support team, about every 10 miles to replace my water supply. Also carried power bars to eat for energy.
First 10 miles went to plans without issues, except one: I didn’t wear any type of protection from the sun on my head. Ouch… Lesson learned number one…
I continued to move along good, on plan, until I hit the 7 mile bridge moving out of Marathon. I ran out of water with about three miles left on the bridge. This year was a record heat year, and without cloud cover. After replacing my water supply, the next section of the course, started to struggle with Heat Exhaustion. With 33 miles to go, decided the best thing to do is drop out vs., having a longer term effect from the heat impact.
Was I upset or sad that I didn’t go further? Not at all, as
This is my Starting Point in moving forward.
Next day, I recovered decent. I spent about 3 hours swimming. Day 2 after the race, was sore, and it took about 7 days of recovery with light exercise. Doing good now, and back on course for training.
My motivation: The Race
I am extremely happy, that the race motivated me to jump back on course with training, and planning my next run. I used my work as an excuse, so I utilized the Ultramarathon to help me take the excuses away.
As I write this post, I have found that the choices I make are completely up to me. I can get up earlier, cancel out a TV show I watch, streamline my daily activities, and Decide to Commit, or I can make an excuse. I look back, this trip, with an Ultramarathon I didn’t finish, was the best thing that I have done in a long time.
Enjoyed family, my dogs, vacation in the Keys, and a re-charging of Don Cook for the better. I am going back — absolutely, and more of the family coming along! Life is great, we can make excuses or take action. My choice, going to eliminate the daily activities that clog up my time, so I can start living the life of being healthy and with the people I care about.
Continuing my training
As a Beachbody Coach, I started the Beachbody P90X lean program, to supplement my training over the Summer months. With working in 5 different cities, I can somewhat plan additional Ultra Runs for training in the summer months. My next race will be a Marathon in St Marys Ohio. Motivation comes from within, but trips like this, and life experience can help get jump started.
Follow my progress here, on my website, and remember:
Take the excuses away, for your Fitness sake.