Thursday, March 14, 2013

Race Report: Way Too Cool 50k

First things first: The price increase for The San Francisco Marathon is tomorrow, Friday, 3/15/13. Use discount code DSC10AMBAY2013 (exp. 3/17) to save $10 on registration & see you there!

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 Alisyn)

(From Jana)

(From Inside Trail)

Where's Waldo?
I am an ultramarathoner! (From Jana)

Hugs from Jana, Michaela, Jess, & Cate

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


  1. Holy Guacamole...way to kill it ROCK! Be proud! Blessings and Happy Pi day to you!

  2. You kicked butt out there! I was tired just watching you. WAY TO GO!

  3. Congrats again, lady! You looked fantastic out there!!

  4. YAY!! Congrats! I really would love to hear about it sometime. Maybe you can tell me in June. In San Francisco.

  5. I have heard so many great things about this race. :) Congrats on the finish! 50ks are not for the faint of heart.

  6. Congratulations on a fantastic race. I particularly liked the bit when you said you don't need to do it again. Made me giggle.

    Thank you also for the SF Husband (who hasn't run for a long time) told me to sign him up yesterday so I used your code! Much appreciated.

  7. Woooohooo! So happy to be there to see it all happen! You're amazing!

  8. Awesome job!!! Seeing your pictures actually makes me want to run an ultra someday. Cannot believe I just said that! I think I need to make it through my next marathon first. :-)

  9. How do you just up and DO THAT?! Wow. Sounds like such a wonderful day, you bay area runners are such a great group! Congrats on a huge accomplishment.

  10. I am so glad I was able to become an ultramarathoner with you! It was such an awesome race. So proud of us all!

  11. Awesome! You just made me very happy and proud! Congratulations! The moment running goes to 6 hours and beyond it becomes a new journey. You did super good! Rest well!

  12. Very impressive! Props to you for running a race over 26.2 miles, no way I would ever do that!

  13. again, CONGRATS ultra marathoner! totally awesome that you beat your estimated finish time! it's so cool to hear that you guys have such an awesome group of trail running ladies out there!

  14. Oh HEY...didn't realize you had posted this. CONGRATULATIONS! You did great!!