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My mid-life crisis
October 13, 2008 - Erik Brown
I had my “mid-life crisis” this weekend. At least that’s what Deanna has been calling it. I suppose that was a fair characterization of the 9 hours and 52 minutes I spent (mostly) running on Saturday considering that my decision to enter the Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile Ultramarathon had a lot to do with my 50th birthday earlier this year. In any case, she was not too happy with my decision and I knew why.
We have each done six regular (26.2 mile) marathons – five of them together. Deanna has qualified for the Boston Marathon three times now, but none of my marathons have gone as well as I would have liked. For one reason or another (i.e. injury or laziness), I always manage to have a critical gap in my training about 6 weeks before a marathon. Then on race day, quite predictably, the wheels come off near the 20 mile mark and I struggle to make it to the finish line. I also have a problem with most sports drinks. They don’t agree with me. It all adds up to a rather unpleasant scene after the race, and not a very nice drive home. Then there was Deanna’s own familiarity with the Mountainback course. She has participated in the event a couple of times as a relay runner (for some reason, I've never been asked to be on a relay team), so she knows first hand how challenging the Mountainback is.