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Aging and My Mid-Life Crisis

I can't believe that I am now 40. It sounds SO OLD. But I don't feel like I should be THAT old. Its depressing. I think I'm having a harder time accepting this then I did for when I turned 30.

It's scary. To be frank and a little macabre, you have to start planning for end of life stuff. There is a lot I have yet to do with my life. But to be planning old people stuff, its scary.

How much longer am I going to live? How can I do this the healthiest that I possibly can? Should I buy life insurance for my other half and I? How can I increase our retirement savings. (Going on a cruise a couple times a year is not helping with that savings.) At what age should I sign up for AARP?

I had one friend die of Pancreatic cancer this past year. It hit him hard and sadly fast. I had another friend in November pass due to complications with pneumonia and his diabetes. I seen him in the store a week or two before he passed and he was out of it. I googled both their names when I did n…

New Training Plan

I decided that I needed a training plan to get out of my running funk. I don't know if this month is the best month to be starting a plan. I am going on a cruise in a month. :-) I have a lot of other things big happening like trying to buy a house, too. So I worry about spreading my focus thinly.

Since completing my first ultramarathon in 2013, the other half kinda put a bug in my ear about getting a buckle. I think that I have the determination to complete a big ultra. I have nerves about it because it such a big commitment. Not just in training but the whole race too. I mean going basically non-stop for 30 hours or so.

I have been searching 100 miler training plans and decided to go and buy Krissy Moehl's book. Her 100 miler training plan is a year long. I think that is a reasonable time frame to get my leggies into shape.

Plus the late summer and fall is a good time to find races. I am looking for something fairly flat and something on a loop. I know that halfway though, my brain won't be able to think and I am so afraid of getting lost on some of those mountain trails and being stuck doing "bonus miles" when I will be worried about cutoff times.

I am also vain and want something with a cool buckle.

I am reading up about the Pistol 100. It is on Dec 31st - Jan 1st. So I think that will be a great celebratory day to have a such a big race. Plus it is a little farther out from the yearlong training plan that I extend or take time off from being sick, injured, ect.

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And the buckle is cool.

There is also the Habanero Hundred in Texas. I think with the heat, it will be a toughy. In 2015 only one person finished the 100 miler. In 2016, there was rain so 13 people finished.

Plus there is also the party of Javalina Jundred. Flat, desert-y. Totally like my desert wasteland that I'm living in now. I don't know if I will feel intimidated by the elites that run this race but it seems like it would be a good and popular race to do.

 What do you ultra runners think? Any training plans or race suggestions? Anything I need to know about a year long training plan commitment?


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