2013 Tie Dye 32 Mile Race
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Saturday April 27, 2013
#5 of 13 in 2013 Trail Races
John Bryan State Park
Yellow Springs, OH
Distance: 32 miles
I ran 32 miles. It’s an accomplishment that I’m at a loss for words to describe. Amazing, fabulous and awesome just doesn’t do it justice. Maybe there will be a Race Recap Part 2 when I feel like I’m able to put my thoughts and feelings into words? When I can explain how not having one second of doubt is probably the only way I could have finished this race.
For now, the highlights.
I’ve commented before how trail races have a tendency to be no frills. This race took economical to a whole new level with recycled bibs. As you can see the bibs are leftover from a 5k. That made me laugh.
I was ready! Before the race all I could think of was I’m going to finish. I may be last but I will finish. And another thought before the race? How 2 men were going to run in next to nothing sandals and that they reminded me of the Tarahumara runners from Born To Run.
I’ve said it before and I’ll probably never stop saying it, Chad is an amazing man. Although he could have run a faster race and beat his time from last year, Chad stayed with me the whole race. I didn’t expect that of him at all but I’m glad he did 🙂
Of all the trail races I’ve run this was definitely the most technical. 2 steep hills that felt more like rock climbing than running, fallen trees, and sharp rocks alongside the river. Other runners commented, “You picked tough race for your first.” The course was beautiful to the point of distraction. The first loop Chad said “Jill, pay attention.” Right at that moment I was admiring the waterfalls.
Cool shirt! I’m not much of a tie dye person but with the “32 miles” I will wear it without hesitation.
When I went to bed the night before I knew of only 2 things with any amount of certainty. I would be drinking Nuun and using Huma. And I wold be wearing Swiftwick socks. Not a worry in the world about running my first ultra. I was either in denial or maybe it was an advantage of being an impromptu race and not having time to over think.
- On the way home I kept saying “I can’t believe I did it! I ran 32 miles.” He didn’t say so but I was probably driving Chad crazy with talking about it.
- On my way home I thought about my next ultra and what I will do different.
- The other runners were so incredibly supportive in a way that is just unique to trail runners.
- Experience and race strategy play into an ultra more than any other distance I’ve run.
- I was pleasantly surprised by how strong my legs felt the whole distance. Trust the training!
- The third loop was the most challenging mentally. I was tired and knew I had another loop to go.
- Going up the steepest of the 2 hills that were tall rock steps (short legs are not an advantage) I stopped mid step and practically laughed at how bad my quads were hurting. I could barely get it up the large step. And just like that as soon as I reached the top the pain was gone.
- There was only a fraction of a moment of doubt during the third loop. I’m not sure how I did it but I just forced it out of my head. Not finishing was unacceptable.
- I’m often asked about running “don’t you get bored?” 32 miles and I don’t recall being bored at all.
- Recovery went amazingly well. No pain or even muscle soreness. The worst of it was stiff ankles which I expected. Felt back to 100% by Tues except for my legs being a little tired for my Tues evening run.
- You might think it’s crazy but running 32 miles isn’t as difficult as it sounds.
Just another training run right 🙂
Have you ever had an experience that had such an affect on you that you were at a loss for words? Are you racing this weekend?