My blog posts will be less frequent over the summer because I'm focusing on the kids, making sure they have as much fun as possible :) So that means less computer time for me.
Last weekend I ran my first ultra-marathon. 50.5 miles from Mullan, Idaho to St. Regis, Montana. It's called the Trail Rail Run, it's run on old train tracks that have been turned into trails. We have tons around here and love them for biking, hiking and running.
Today is the first day that I'm feeling back to normal. The run was great, I loved it and will run it again next year as well as find a 50 miler in another state to compete in. I did all the research for how to run it without eating garbage because if you look into ultras much you will find that people talk about chugging coke and mountain dew during the race as well as scarfing down doughnuts and candy. I don't eat or drink any of that when I'm not running so there was no way I was going to consume it while I ran.
My amazing crew brought me water, a avocado, spinach and turkey sandwich, nuts and a granola bar. That was the most I could eat, after mile 35 I couldn't eat any more solid foods, it all sounded "Meh." I also was able to not use any gels or protein bars which I'm really happy about. Honestly, if you just become religious about nutrition you don't need any of those quick energy rush items. I didn't get any blisters (thank goodness) and the only thing bothering me right now is my knee but today it's feeling great.
So, the course record was 8:55 from last year, I came in at 9:02 placing second for my age division, 5th over all for women and 8th over all if you add the men in there. So. Much. Fun!!! I can't wait to do another. I'm not ready for a 100 miler yet, but who knows, maybe I'll give it a shot some day.
Here are the pictures taken from the race :)
So nervous here. This is right before the start around 5:45 am
This is the first aid station area about 8 miles into the race just cresting Look Out Pass
I was so happy to see my crew
This is around a marathon distance, I had already done Dominion Trestle and Tunnel...oh yeah I forgot to mention I had to go over a few railroad trestles and through huge old railroad tunnels.
So. Stinking. Cool.
This is where I got my amazing avocado turkey lunch, as well as I drank chocolate milk about three times during the race which seemed to really help along the way.
Things were still feeling good at this point :)
This is the point is where I noticed how much my body hurt. I had 7 miles left to go.
I had to tell my crew that while I would absolutely love to stop and walk a bit with them, that if I stopped I feared I wouldn't get going again. Extremely tired but ready to "Just get it over with."
Right near the finish line. By this point it was really warm out, however I hydrated enough along the way that I wasn't having issues with it.
The finish line where I received a Patagonia Jacket for finishing, an antique railroad spike with plaque and as much beer as I would like from a local brewery :)
I love this race. I'll be back again, June 20th, 2015...who's with me?