Posts made in March, 2014

Race Review My (first) Ultra 50k .. Miles 1-10

Race Review My (first) Ultra 50k .. Miles 1-10

A few things I never thought I’d say so soon (out loud!) .. 1) Hard to believe that my first Ultra was just 4 days ago .. and I am feeling pretty darn good! 2) I am on the hunt for my next Ultra .. yes for real! Seriously, these words have never left my mouth after anything longer than a half-marathon. This brings me back to 10-1/2 years ago, finishing my first full marathon .. clearly not properly trained. I remember having to hop on a plane less than 24-hours after crossing the finish line .. the pain in my legs, feet, entire body from head to toe .. unimaginable. I said then .. I would never, ever attempt that again! If I only knew then what I have learned now .. I may have been running my first ultra a few years younger and may not have beaten myself up so many times over what I thought was an unsuccessful run or race, but could’ve learned from all of them. I had trained the last 10 weeks on the race course. Each week adding more miles, different pieces of the race at a time. I had never done this training for a road race. This meant that I really got to know the rolling hills, the single track, the great down hills, not so flowing creek crossings, waterfalls and not so fun climbs — at any given time more challenging than I had remembered . Not that in the 31+ miles that day they felt or looked exactly as they did on training runs. But maybe, just maybe .. it helped me go into the race a little more relaxed. My training partners and I went in that morning treating it like it was just another long run with 1,000 other runners. Before I knew it we were off. The day was beautiful, a little crisp with blue skies and I was thankful for the three days of rain we had the week prior and not on race day. Miles 1-10 seemed to zoom by .. at least to me. When I say zoom, I don’t mean fast .. I just mean I got there quicker than I expected. It was fairly crowded on the single track and crossing through overflowing creeks made it an adventure. Just as you thought your feet were drying out .. there was another one to cross. The one time when running that it is okay to have wet feet and pants .. on the trails. All so worth it. .. to be...

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I Am An Ultra Runner ..

I Am An Ultra Runner ..

No words can express how happy I was running in the last 1.4 miles of my first Ultra 50k! I couldn’t help myself .. I could feel the happy from the inside out .. in my head telling myself how proud I was of myself (really, who does this?)! I am sure I’ve never been this happy finishing a race, I dare say not even when I finally crossed off what had been my biggest running goal – a sub 2:00 half-marathon. Don’t get me wrong the hundreds of miles .. hours on that race course for the weeks leading up to the race .. Were HARD! There were many times on my long training runs where I thought there is no way I can go 15, 20, 5, 8, 3 more miles! But yesterday was not that day .. I had been thinking about crossing that finish line all week .. and remembering how happy my friend looked last year when she crossed the same finish line. I remember cheering her in .. she was beaming! She looked like she had just started a race and not finished an ultra! I wanted that feeling, that happy, that runner’s high! If you read one of my last posts, I’ve dealt with self doubt .. A Little Getting Out of My Own Way and I made the decision a few weeks ago to give her the boot! Ha .. it worked! Not really sure what finally “clicked” .. I had been repeating the mantra #IRunThisBody in my head .. I kept telling myself you’ve done the work .. You’ve followed your training schedule .. Nothing else can stop you, but you! I am so glad I listened...

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Trail Warriors Run in the Rain .. and Just Like That It Was Over ..

Trail Warriors Run in the Rain .. and Just Like That It Was Over ..

After our Thursday morning of taking in all things Ragnar Trail and Salomon .. it was back to Salt Lake City. We boarded the train and watched the rain and clouds cover the beautiful mountains. But that didn’t matter because we were headed to RUN .. rainy skies and all! We hopped off the train .. checked into our hotel and headed out for a run. We ran on beautiful city streets and up muddy trails .. we ran through Salt Lake City in the pouring rain and I took in the views, as best as I could. The snow capped mountains that I had seen on the plane on my way in were now hard to see. The trails were muddy, but so fun to be out exploring a new place with new runners. I so wish it hadn’t been raining, snowshoeing was on our agenda but with the weather it didn’t pan out. This just means I will have to return and for sure will need to do Ragnar Trail – Zion, Utah .. to take in all the beauty! We were treated to a wonderful dinner Thursday night and I enjoyed amazing food and great company. We all sat around and discussed what Ragnar’s we’ve ran, road and trail, and which ones we could fit into our schedules to run — and which ones we wanted to volunteer at! I cannot get over how kind everyone was, it was so comfortable (not the anxious feeling I had when I walked into the group at all) and the Ragnar staff was amazing, each and everyone .. from running the trails with us, riding the train and walking the streets with us .. taking their time to get to know each of us just a bit and of course sharing their love of what we all knew we loved. Friday morning was the final day with everyone before we all went our separate ways. We did a few hours of discussing Trail Warrior duties, Q&A’s and open discussion. On our way out we took a tour of the new Ragnar offices — all very cool! The trip was a huge success .. it went fast like a blink of an eye. I cannot wait until I can run my first Ragnar Trail .. and of course my fourth Ragnar Napa in September! Grateful I’ve been given the opportunity as a Ragnar Trail Warrior .. and I’m ready to “Make Life More Awesome”...

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