Looking at the DC countdown bar to the right perpetually suck on all zeros, I feel sort of out of sorts. I've always known what the 'next big thing' was, but now I'm without any big plans until AR50 in April. And that, really, is too long. I didn't plan anything purposefully because I wasn't sure if doing a 5o miler would destroy me or make me hate running or something, but it seems to have done neither. In fact, I seem to be recovering better than some of the short distanced races I've run (my first 'hard' marathon attempt comes to mind). I went on my first real post race run today, and did a very nice 6 miles around a 1/2 mile rubberized track with views of the bay. It was actually really nice to just run with music and sort of zone out. Things felt a little sore and stiff, but overall it was a really great run.
So, I've been looking at race calendars to pick out that next event, and I stumbled upon the Helen Klein 50 miler, the first 50 miler recommended to me as a good starting point. Now, this race is in only 3 weeks, but it has a net gain of, wait for it, 350 feet. That's right folks, a good 7,450 ft less elevation gain than Dick Collins. I was a road runner first and while I do love trails, the idea of having a relatively flat, easier, 50 miler sounds sort of appealing. It'd be a very different experience from DC to be sure, but I think could be really fun as well.
However, I need opinions from you seasoned vets out there. Is it a bad idea to do my 2nd 50 miler so soon after my first? I know ultras, almost by definition, aren't sensible, but how insensible is this really?
I'm going to try to do 15 or so this weekend, and we'll see how that goes. I think, even though it was hard, I expected the 50 miler to be harder. I never hit a wall or really wanted to stop (I did want to walk more when I got tired, but I never thought about quitting, at least that I can now remember).
I guess I just am always searching for what's next