When I ran this race two years ago I was in AMAZING shape and had the best running season I probably will ever experience. I was averaging sub 20 5K's and had PR'd my 10 mile, 10K, 50K, and marathon time--all in under 4 months. When I did it in 2012 partial laps were not counted so you stopped if you questioned whether you would be able to finish 4.1 miles in the remaining time. This kind of sucked because I had almost 20 minutes left so while my distance is clocked at 36.9 for 2012 I think I could have finished 39 miles easy. I was still cracking out cartwheels and headstands at this point and feeling zero pain.
|⅓ of the way in and still loving life....|
Photo by Denise Hyde
Fast forward to 2014...
This summer I have been out of town, teaching aerobics, going to meetings and taking so many medications that I can't tell if I'm sick and need medicine or sick from the medicine. Either way the side effects are edema, weight gain, swelling, fatigue, nausea, headache, and dizziness. None of these are super for running but I went from averaging about 60 miles a week to 12-18 a week yet I still decided that ES6 was the race for me. It's the best ultra because you simply go for six hours and can drop out whenever or walk as much as you like as there is no set distance.
Here's the wrinkle--if I sign up on "UltraSignUp" this means I am running an ultra and that is defined as a distance longer than a marathon. No excuses, no discussion, donkey ass stubborn. Although I feel like I am designed to be an ultra runner, endurance, decent speed, and the ability to stop and walk and pick right back up--this was pushing my current abilities a bit beyond their limits. The fact that I had taught 3 Body Pump classes in 3 days and woke up crazy sore both Friday and Saturday should have clued me in to take things a little easier--but I'm not bright.
|You get to see this every 4 miles so it's all good.|
Photo by Denise Hyde
Later in the lap I ran into a friend and while having a nice chat I managed to get stung by a yellow jacket right where my sock meets my skin (day two it's a gorgeous black and blue swollen mess--lucky lucky). This rubbed for the last three laps and while it slowed me down I think a lack of training and an abundance of health issues are what kept my mileage to incredibly low.
|I finished my 7th lap about one minute before the six hour mark--hell yeah! I kept running to plant my flag though.|
|....and walking today. The best part is that I PAID to do this.|
|Holy Burning Quads Batman|
|Hangs Head in Shame|
Wife, mother, friend, sister, daughter, RUNNER. For balance I need all of it. This year I hope to replace "patient" with "runner".
Let the race begin.