This race may become my yearly birthday celebration. There is something about going back to a place where you had some of the lowest moments of your adult life and some of the highest. Last year I ran the 40 miler (here’s that recap if you’re interested). I initially signed up for the 40 but I am working on building myself back up to an ultra runner and was happy with adjusting my entry to the 20 miler. After I posted my February Round-up on the Friday before my race the skies opened and a blizzard ensued. Somehow even with my planning, I didn’t realize we were supposed to get snow, did I miss that forecast? Regardless, my office and daycare closed early and many lost power. I thought for sure I wasn’t running the race. Usually, I am down for a race with most conditions but at this point I can’t afford to get hurt so after the Grewlin’ Newlin last month. I went to bed thinking my race was cancelled – at least for me. Well I woke up at midnight checked my email and there was an update from the Race Director and apparently the storm had not hit at the area at all! So, I set my alarm and the race was back on!
This race had such a different feeling and meaning this year then last year. It was my GOAL race for the year and I had raised $5,000 for Covenant House and it was my way to show the world that even though I had babies I was still the bad ass I always was. This year was just about me going out and enjoying myself. Celebrating my birthday the best way I know how, giving myself time to myself and by myself. But I was in a weird head space when I got to the race. It may be because the day before I went to bed thinking I wasn’t going to go. Mainly because there was another bomb-cyclone and all hell had broken loose around our area. There were 50 mph winds and trees were down everywhere but not at the trail, which we were all grateful for. I am so happy I did go, I would have been REALLY disappointed if I hadn’t. I got to see some friends and make new friends.
I never got to the head space I did with the Gruelin Newlin last month which was more of a “zen – constantly smiling and enjoying every step of the way” but I was in this “getting shit done” mind frame. I was feeling pretty good through the first half which is the easier portion. Once I got to the hills my legs felt heavy but at no point was I ready to quit. The hills were feeling bigger and bigger by the end but I made friends with someone at the halfway mark and we ran the rest of the race together. He was great company and his wife was running the 40 miler which was a training run for her, she was some bad-ass runner in her 50’s training for a 100 miler. #lifegoals We talked a lot which helped so much with the run. Its amazing how much faster the miles fly when you have someone to chat with.
I was able to finish without too much pain or walking and the best part was I wasn’t really sore the next day! That is the true test for an endurance athlete, how functional are you the following day? Well this girl, ran 2.5 miles and went rock climbing so – BOOM! And shout-out to my hubby who delivered a delicious hazy IPA to me during my long hot shower afterwards.
Happy March Madness Thursday!