Wednesday, September 29, 2010

We're Never Gonna Survive Unless We Get A Little Crazy

And I'm feeling a whole lotta crazy.

Thank you so much for all the awesome song recommendations! 

I love seeing what songs each of you listen to, what inspires & motivates you. 

Awesome.

So three days until this.

There have been a lot of email exchanges between "A" & I.  Few of which I care to pass along.  The "Barbie" thing . . . it's getting old.

I'm ready to get out there and "Get ER Done!" . . . . . EMZ style. [I have no idea what that even means, but I like the way it looks.]

"A" - did send me this which I found slightly humorous.

You know you're an ultra-runner when:

  • You spend more time in the drug section than the food section of the local market.

  • You wonder why they don't make all running socks a dusty brown color.
  • You have more buckles than belts.  [did someone say "buckle"!?]

  • Your feet look better without toenails.

  • You're tempted to look for a bush when there's a long line for the public restroom.

  • You don't think twice about eating food you've picked up off the floor. [ewww, really?!]
  • You can expound on the virtues of eating salt.

  • When you can recite the protein grams by heart of each energy bar.

  • You don't even LOOK for the Porto-sans anymore.

  • You run marathons for speed work.

  • You have more fanny packs and water bottles and flashlights than Emz has shoes. [I think he doctored this one up a bit.] 
  • People at work think you're in a whole lot better shape than you think you are.

  • You actually are in a whole lot better shape than you think you are.

  • Your weekend runs are limited by how much time you have, not by how far you can run.
  • You rotate your running shoes more often than you rotate your tires.

  • When "NEXT GAS 36 MILES" signs start sounding like tempting runs.
It's not too late to join me!

49 comments:

Tricia said...

love it!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I'm in for next year, or maybe 2012. Then 100.

Carrie said...

That last one is AWESOME!!!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

I think you are the sanest person I follow!

Emz said...

Shelly - who do YOU follow?! ;) you're awesome!!

Zaneta said...

LOVE it!! :D only 3 days?! wow!! how exciting!! Go GET 'ER DONE!!! ;)

Pam said...

Hahahhaa... I got a good laugh out of this list.

Marlene said...

Ha! That is a great list! I'm no crazy ultra runner, but I can relate to many of those...

Morgan said...

You are nuts! LOL! Love this post!

Heather said...

Great list. Every day I look forward to seeing your Post Title...and what song you mention! it's fun!

abbi said...

Nice list! Have fun this weekend!

Kate said...

Wow. I want to be just like you one day!

You're my hero ~ Emz the Ultra Runner.

Andrew Opala said...

I'm not there yet EMZ, but I promise to try to get there one day!

The sea is dangerous and its storms terrible, but these obstacles have never been sufficient reason to remain ashore... Unlike the mediocre, intrepid spirits seek victory over those things that seem impossible... It is with an iron will that they embark on the most daring of all endeavors... to meet the shadowy future without fear and conquer the unknown.
- Ferdinand Magellan, Explorer (c. 1520)

You won't be running alone. Know this deep deep inside you to the marrow of your bones: there are thousands cheering for you, crying for you, laughing with you, there is nothing your will can't defeat!

Go superwoman!

RunningLaur said...

um, I had to agree with about all of that list. woo this weekend!!

Rae said...

3 days! How exciting! I will definitely be thinking of you this weekend!

Emz said...

Kate - I like the way that sounds but I think I'll like the way it looks better come Saturday night [praying, anyway]. ;)

Andrew - how can I not adore you. Superwoman is being written on my arm in at least 4 places.

Thanks Rae!!

Patrick Mahoney said...

Both me and Seal agree that you are going to rock it. Good luck...

Diana Tries-A-Tri! said...

That list cracked me up! Can't wait to hear about everything!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I love the list and I love even more you are going to rock this race!!!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

That list is awesome!
You are totally going to "get er done!" :)

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

My weekend runs are always limited by time available, unfortunately... and it's never enough. :-(

aron said...

ahhhhh you are crazy, in a good way :) so exciting!

Teamarcia said...

Love the list! So excited for you!

Slomohusky said...

curious - what do you do with all the belt buckles anyway? a cool tradition though.

Emz said...

SLOMOHUSKY - - well this would be my first soooooooooooo ..... my answer is,

"I'D WEAR IT EVERY FREAKING DAY [but Easter]." Don't want the bunny to steal it. ;)

Slomohusky said...

Well GOOD LUCK then! Have fun! Hope there are no bunny stealing belt buckle types.

ShutUpandRun said...

Oh girl. Marthons as speedwork? That puts it into perspective. This is one race report I am just dying to read.

Emz said...

SU&R - "dying" to read?!? Let's try "can't wait". ;)

ShutUpandRun said...

Let me rephrase: this is one race report I am excited, thrilled, can't wait to read becuase it will be full of highs/lows/smiles/pain/joy/cussing/love/dedication/sweat/tears/exhiliration/motivation/sucess and FINISHING!!

One Crazy Penguin said...

Hmmm.....don't think I'll be joing on this one, but good luck!

And running a marathon for speedwork? That bullet point made me want to vomit a little :p

Emz said...

Here's my question . . .

. . .so I'm packin' TP. But . . . . . . do you get where I'm going with this?

ummmm, what do I do with the "evidence"?! There's just no nice way to ask this & I'm not asking "ken".....well unless I can ask SU&R's KEN.

April said...

What an awesome race! Good luck this weekend! Can't wait to hear about it.
Love this:"You're tempted to look for a bush when there's a long line for the public restroom." Too funny!

Laurie said...

TP?! I thought ultra runners used leaves...

You are going to be so freaking awesome!!! I am so excited for you. I haven't even run my first marathon yet and you make me belt buckle hungry. Can't wait for your report. :)

Karen R said...

That list rocks! What an accomplishment - even just the training part.

I love reading your blog as you gear up for these runs. It makes me excited for my first half marathon next month and for what lies beyond that for me :)

Good luck!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

The list is awesome and you are awesome! You are going to do great and I can't wait to hear about it!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

The list is awesome and you are awesome! You are going to do great and I can't wait to hear about it!

Jon said...

All of your posts rock Emz! But! This one SUPER raWKs!

Allison said...

My shins hurt after 4 miles... I can't imagine Ultra running... you are truly amazing!

The Green Girl said...

I love it! You go, girl!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

You will do awesome. Love the list!! (And you can bet I will be stealing song ideas from your other post's comments, so thanks.)

Angie Bishop said...

Oh Em Gee!!! that list is amazing!
I even had to agree on the shoes thing (the trail shoes not Emz shoes ;) But for being a barefoot runner I have collected quite a few pairs of minimal shoes!
The food and bushes thing is so true!
I need some packs and headlamps though and I totally think that marathon distance is (getting to be) training runs :)

Andrew Opala said...

EMZ go to facebook and create an account for yourself - there's no reason to not have on if you are going to enter into these contests. Just use it for contests.

Tiffany said...

Wow. Good Luck! This is gonna be awesome. Looking forward to your post "post-race". Go Emz!

Char said...

The best thing about running in the wild is that you're never far from a toilet. If only they'd make a special carry-pack that was toilet-paper shaped.

AM-GoalsfortheWeek said...

okay really? these are the BEST!! and i'm no ultra runner, but I know some and check, check, and CHECK!

i'm still chucklin' here

no go on and do it EMZ STYLE;-)

Silly Girl Running said...

Love the list! And you WILL get er done! ;)

Matty O said...

EMZ, TP and EVIDENCE are biodegratable. You are in the clear.

Loved the list. Think it was very well thought up and put together haha.

Got the shakes yet? Got the, What in the world am I doing yet?

Good luck. Keep your head up. When you want to quit... SIU (Suck It Up) and tell yourself to run 1 more mile. Chip away at it, don't look at it as 50 miles. Look at it as smaller workouts. Maybe run 10k then take a 5k cooldown?

Caratunk Girl said...

Great list Emz!!

You totally have this, I will be thinking of you.

I like Matty O's thoughts on breaking it down...The best advice I ever got from a friend who does ultras (I won't even go to an ultra website I am so freaked by the thought)? Go until you stop, and then go some more.

Jill said...

Ok girl, get out there and proudly lose a few more toenails!!! You've got me thinking I need to condense my 60-week training down to 52 so I can be there with ya next year :). I'll be screaming my lungs out for you - GO EMZ, GOOOOO!