Well, I did it. I ran and completed my first 50 mile ultra marathon, the Prairie Spirit 50 in Ottawa, KS. It was AWESOME! I loved the whole experience…the nervousness the night before, the traveling to an unfamiliar place, meeting new people, the beautiful 61 degree weather, and of course running the race. Everyone was super friendly. The staff and volunteers were amazing and so helpful. The night before the race, David Horton was the guest speaker at the pre race dinner. His words of wisdom were inspiring and me got me pumped. I also met a great person that we joined at a dinner table. Her name was, Alene and we chatted about ultras and she gave me some great tips that I otherwise wouldn’t have known, about hydrating and replacing salt in your body, which sure helped during the race.
I also had an amazing support group at the race with me (my crew), my mom and her boyfriend and my amazing husband. They gave me bursts of energy at every aid station. I also know my Dad was watching over me and he would be so proud. I often thought of him during my race and it kept me going.
On race day, the first 25 miles were great, until my watch battery died on me. Even up to mile 30 I still felt pretty good. The last 7 miles of the 50 were the hardest for me. I was starting to feel complete exhaustion in my legs and wasn’t sure how much more running I could do. I would run for about 10 minutes and then walk for about 4 minutes. I did this off and on for about 5 miles. I caught up to 2 guys that were in front of me that were walking and I ran past them. They said, “I didn’t think there were any people still running at this point.” Then he smiled and waived and said, “Keep going, only 2 miles to go!” At that point I got a small surge of energy and I ran the last 2 miles almost nonstop. The pain in my legs were excruciating, however, I just pushed through it knowing the finish line was only a few steps away. I finished in 9 hours and 53 minutes. I got 5th place overall female and placed 20th overall. I could not be happier with the whole experience. I think I could have knocked off another 10 minutes though as I lingered around each aid station probably longer than I should, but I am ultimately happy with the whole experience. It was truly an, epic one. I will be posting some pictures later and maybe even a couple of videos…stay tuned.
P.S. I am definitely going to run another! 🙂