Second things second: This past weekend I finished a 50k ultramarathon.
I had a fun weekend with friends who also became ultramarathoners and/or who PR'd the crap out of their existing 50k times and/or gave up their entire day to cheer like crazy people at a kinda-far-away race. I ran smart (whatever that means), I ran strong (once my legs finally woke up at mile 17), and I finished quite a bit faster than I anticipated (6:12 instead of my estimated 6.5-7 hours).
I crossed the finish line with a huge feeling of accomplishment & with tears in my eyes when I was enveloped by so many friends -- friends who came up just for me! Amazing.
But I also crossed that finish line with the feeling that this isn't something I need to do again -- at least not in the immediate future. I felt instant gratification from finishing, but I'm not feeling that urge to "better it" like I have with other distances.
The rest of my race report, I'll maybe save for another time. For now, some pictures can tell the story better than I have the desire to.
I wish all race photos happened within the first 30 feet. (From Cate)
So many paparazzi friends at Mile 8, I didn't know where to look!
(From Inside Trail)
I am an ultramarathoner! (From Jana)
Me with Jess & Aron (PR queens) and Kristen & Layla (new ultramarathoners)
Overall, the race was well organized and supported, and it's one I would recommend entering the lottery for if you want to run a trail ultra. I had a good race out there, and being supported by my friends was the best way to top off a great day.
Official time: 6:12:52
Average pace: 11:59 min/mile
Overall place: 504/853
Gender place: 164/342
AG place: 66/114