Welcome to Fitness Friday #49!
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June 9, 2012
Terre Haute, IN
12 hour relay and ultra (my first 50K!)
Quite honestly, just thinking about this experience, as a whole, overwhelms me. The emotions, thoughts and feelings are many. So, for now the beginning and the end of the Hawthorn Half Day Relay and Ultra, my longest run ever!
Earlier this week I talked about how it felt arriving at the event (you can read about it here). I was seriously in awe of the athletic ability and experience that surrounded me. I was [temporarily] consumed with thoughts of who I am not. The key word being temporary.
How far can I run? 31.16 miles! My longest distance ever and my first ultra!
Meet our support crew. Our son, Alec. He was our everything, cheering section, Gu deliveries on the course, photographer, nutrition advisor (he made me eat when I didn’t feel like it) and hydration expert …you name it. He did it.
Meet The Incredibles 🙂 We were going to run trails for 12 hours. 2- 5k loops (one leg) at a time.
One part of my plan. All of the iFitness belts I’ve collected? Perfect for whatever I needed during the course of the day. A bib holder only. A belt with 2 water bottles and bib holder. A belt with 1 water bottle add-on and bib holder. And having my bib on the belt made changing clothes all the more efficient.
Double chips. The race director said the chip company advised it just to make sure every lap counted.
Waiting. By this time I was calm and confident. Focused. Not accomplishing our goal wasn’t an option.
And just like that the 12 hour countdown started!
Just a LONG walk in the park. Right? At the 27 miles point I told many strangers, “that’s the longest distance I’ve ever run.” Most often they congratulated me and asked how I felt and all I could think of was stronger than ever!
The first tag. I loved this part of the race before and after each lap. Every tag made me think about a connection that Chad and I share.
This was my last lap. I will never forget crossing that finish line! Just a little happy in this shot 🙂
We did it! Together we ran 60+ miles! Our goal was 60.
And, Chad and I won the masters coed team of 2 championship! No way! Seriously! I have medals from almost every race I’ve ever run but never have I WON a medal for doing the thing I love most. Running! And my first running trophy!
I loved the fact that my trophy actually had a female runner on top!
Thoughts on the beginning and the end:
- After my initial [temporary] freaking out I started and ended with confidence. I no longer doubt the significance of a positive attitude.
- With the exception of 3 pretzel rods because I seriously needed the salt, I ran the whole race on a plant based and gluten free diet. My 30-Day Plant-Based Gluten Free Challenge continues!
- There are things I will do differently next time (because there will definitely be a next time). As well as things I will do the same.
- Feeling out of my element was unfounded. The other runners were so supportive and helpful. As it turns out pace and experience didn’t matter. We were all out there for the same reason. A love of running.
- Recovery has gone amazingly well. No pain. Not even any soreness. My energy level returned to normal late Tues. I’m convinced it’s the plant based diet (more on that later).
- the food,
- and my interactions with the [expert] runners.