Well it's done. I have officially signed up for the Ouachita 50 Mile Trail Race on April 17th. It looks like there are only 47 other people registered as of now but I'm sure that number will increase. After all, who wouldn't want to pay money for the opportunity to injure themselves or be killed. Overdramatic? Check out the first part of the race waiver on the registration form.
"I know that running an ultramarathon trail race is a potentially hazardous activity that could cause injury or death. I should not enter and run unless I am medically able and properly trained, and by my signature, I certify that I am medically able to perform this event, am in good health, and am properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to any aspect of my participation in this event, including the right of any official to deny or suspend my participation for any reason whatsoever. I assume all risks associated with running in this event, including but not limited to: falls, contact with other participants, the effects of the weather, including high heat and/or humidity, traffic and the conditions of the road and trail, encounters with wild or domestic animals, all such risks being known and appreciated by me."
Hmmm......Maybe I should double check my life insurance policy.
This is how it works-
I love to run but there are times when I would rather not. This is when the voices start. Chants, name calling, guilt and reverse psychology is how they get me up and out the door. I don't really mind the voices and have actually started looking forward to their daily calls. Together we have formed a running club that supports, encourages and competes with each other. I love these peeps. They are much more experienced, talented and tougher than I am. Pushing me out the door, through the hard miles and up the monster hills when I am feeling lazy or want to give up. Some people have "real" training partners, coaches and support crews. My team is ALWAYS with me and helps me to keep my eye on the prize and not veer off the track. Sounds crazy- Yeah, probably is.........