I won an advanced reader copy of the newest book by Dean Karnazes (scheduled to be released in October) on Goodreads. The book is about ultramarathoning, and it details the events leading up to the first marathon in ancient Greece. In reading this book, I had a moment where I completely lost my sense of rational, became weak, and impulsively registered for a 24 hour race. As in you race for 24 hours to see how far you can go. 24. Hours.
I've never done anything like this before, and can't even begin to be prepared for this sort of undertaking. The good news is that it isn't too far from home, so I can always just turn in for the night if I can't continue. In the meantime, I'm trying to run and walk as much as I can. I'm trying to get used to time on my feet.
I'm doing my usual morning runs, and then am trying to get back out in the evenings for an additional walk or a hike. The other night I suggested that Pierce come with me. I told him we could hike over the mountain to a local highway and back. Pierce did not think such a thing could be possible! We often drive it, but even driving it is treacherous at times, and it's a long way to go over the mountain and back again. But he agreed to give it a try.
The next night, Pierce said, "Let's go hike again!" He wanted to do the same route again. And the following night? Again! I've created a monster!
Not really though. I'm glad that he's loving taking these hikes so much. As long as he wants to go for hikes in the evening, I'm sure Paul or I will indulge him. Training for a 24 hour race sure is a lot more fun when you have a little friend making sure you get out for your workouts.