Every year, I sign up for one main race so I can focus all of my training, efforts and attention into that one race. This year, that race for me was the North Face Endurance Challenge 50K in Kettle Moraine State Park. This race would be my first ultra marathon as well as my first official trail race, a nervous and exciting challenge I could take on to test my limits and go further than I had before.
Signing up for one major race per year gives me the opportunity to really focus my training on that one goal and provide myself with an even larger sense of accomplishment without overbooking myself. While I do tend to focus on one main event each year, I find myself adding in a few extra races beforehand, to test my training progress. For that reason, I signed up for the Dances with Dirt Devil’s Lake Half Marathon, as I figured some trail race preparation might be to my benefit come the “big show”.