The Texas Two-step 1513 virtual race

Feb 01, 2021

50 mile ultra marathon

Texas Two Step

Total miles: 1513 Miles Run:  121.89  Miles left: 1,418.06

Time allowed February 1 – December 31 2021

My Progress in the Race

This shows which days I ran, how many miles I ran on each day, and the total number of miles completed. The table also shows how many miles I have to run.

  • February 1, 2021
    • I ran 12.06 miles today
  • February 2, 2021
    • I ran 12.01 miles today
    • I have run a total of 24.07 miles
  • February 3, 2021
    • I ran 12.03 miles today
    • I have run a total of 36.1 miles
  • February 4, 2021
    • I ran 12.1 miles today
      • I have run a total of 48.2 miles
  • February 5,2021
    • I ran 12.08 miles today
    • I have run a total of 60.28 miles
  • February 6, 2021
    • I ran 12.05 miles today
    • I have run a total of 72.33 miles
  • February 8, 2021
    • I ran 12.11 miles today
      • I have run a total of 84.44 miles
  • February 10, 2021
    • I ran 8 miles today
    • I have run a total of 92.44 miles
  • February 12, 2021
    • I ran 6.5 miles today
    • I have run a total of 99.02 miles
  •  February 21, 2021
    • I ran a total of 12.37 miles today
    • I was unable to run for 9 days because of the record winter storm in Texas
    • I have run a total of 111.39 miles
  • February 22, 2021
    • i ran 10.5 miles today
    • I have run a total of 121.89 miles
  • Wednesday April 28, 2021
    • I am quite behind in updating my status on this race. Today i ran 9.11 miles. I usually run between 10 and 13 miles a day. I got off to a late start this morning, so I cupt my run short by at least a mile.
    • I have now run a total of 677 miles in this race. I will be halfway done with it by next week.
      • my weekly distance is increasing. The pace of my run is also going up.
    • Tuesday, July 13, 2021
      • I ran 12.66 miles today. I have less than 100 miles to go.
      • Now I have a question about how I am going to handle the last week or so of my running.
      • I can continue running once a day, for between 11 and 13 miles a day.
      • I could also run twice a day
        • 11 to 13 miles in the morning
        • 4 to 6 miles in the afternoon
      • What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing this?
        • The advantage is I will finish sooner
        • I will also increase my weekly milesage
        • The disadvantage is taht I may wear myself out.
        • I would be going up to 15 to 18 miles a day.
        • That could be 126 miles a week.
        • I do not know whether i will do this or not.

Why Am I in this Race?

I have not run in an organized road race since last October. The last large ultra-marathon I  ran in was the 2020 Cowtown Marathon in February 2020. Almost all of the races have been canceled or postponed because of the Coronavirus. No one either running or working at a race wants to put himself or herself in danger of catching COVFID-19.  

Running is an individual sport. Most of the time the only person you are running with is yourself. The exception is when you are training with another runner or group of runners or are in a race.

Races offer a time for all runners to gather together and face the challenge of completing anything from a 5k(3.1 mile distance)  to a marathon (26.2 mile distance). You can even gather with a group of ultra- runners to run anywhere from 31 to 100 miles. Sometimes the ultra-marathons go for much longer distances and can last for days or weeks.

A virtual way of running with others

I have run in a few virtual races. I had to run 31 miles and send the information on Strava (the app I  use to track how far and fast I  run) to the organizer of the two 50k virtual ultra-marathons I  finished.  I decided to enter a more challenging virtual race in 2021: the Texas Two-step. I have from February to December to run 1513 miles. Completing this distance gives me a new challenge to face. This also gives me the opportunity to join with a group of people facing the same challenge.

I will update my progress through posts to Facebook and Twitter. I might even try running some new routes around my neighborhood during this virtual ultra-marathon.