I've thought about this decision for far longer than I should have. Having ran my first 5k last year, I found an escape in running. Running became an outlet for me, a place to turn to to get away. A few months after my first 5k I found out about obstacle course racing. I envied anybody who made it to the finish line in a Spartan race or anything similar. After looking around I signed up for the Bonefrog Sprint in Charlotte not long after. I started training, went out and finished and was hooked. Doing that race humbled me to say the least and taught me a lot about myself. I immediately set a goal to earn my first Spartan trifecta in 2018. I made a list of goals both short term and long term, including my first half marathon this year (which I did). One of my long term goals was to get into endurance events/ultra marathons past 2018. The opportunity came up to sign up for a 50k in May of 2019, so I registered. Having completed both the Spartan Sprint (4+ mi) and Super (8+ mi) in Asheville this year, my plan has always been to finish my trifecta out with the Beast (12+mi) in Spartanburg. And then Spartan decided to add the Ultra to the list for the Spartanburg venue mid season to make it one of only a handful of locations to offer the Ultra in the U.S. My thoughts have been scattered ever since. Can I attempt it? Is it possible? Should I do it now or wait until next year? What if I don't finish? If I decide to do it next year, what if they don't bring it back to the Carolinas? I'll have to travel to Dallas or NJ. Setbacks started happening for me and doubt crept into my mind. But the truth is, just as in life, you'll never be ready for anything if you wait until you feel 100% prepared. If you want something bad enough, commit to the decision, put in the effort and go out and get it. Don't wait or put anything you want off, you're not promised tomorrow.
4 weeks from now, I'm setting out to do that. 30+ miles and 60+ obstacles, make the cutoff times or DNF. Having only ran 13 miles as my longest distance to date at one time, thoughts, prayers and good vibes are appreciated.