Friday, August 1, 2014

Thirty-one, done!

It has taken me a while to get to posting this, but I did indeed run 31 miles on Saturday, July 28th as planned! YAY!!!

I don't know how many feet of elevation change we went through, except that there were a couple thousand just in the first half of the run. The whole thing took 5 hours and 52 minutes, which I think has me at an average pace of 11:21. Not bad for my first (and LAST) "Ultra" - seriously, never doing that again!

Happy Highlights:
  • My Derek is awesome and I would not have even attempted this without him. I am so grateful for his support and encouragement
  • We have a ton of awesome friends who came out in support; thanks to Derek, Maggie (who ran 13.1 miles with me!!), Sam, Clay, Ron, Lark, Lindsay, Michele, and Felix, I did not run a single step by myself
  • We also had a great gathering of family and friends at the house afterwards; I, of course, snuck off to go to bed before the party was over (cause dude, I ran 31 miles), but I hear things went great :)
  • Not a single blister on my feet (Derek brought me socks to swap out when mine got super sweaty)
Here are some photos from the day...

We started & finished at Kuykendall Campground

Getting ready to set the official time...

And we're off! Sam ran the first 4.5 miles (and some later miles) with me

Finishing the first 4.5 miles; about the leave the road for the trail

Next 6ish miles were on trails with Ron; we went to the top of Cedar Rock and back. Nothing like a little 3rd class rock climbing to keep things interesting!

Stretching after the Cedar Rock leg; 1/3 of the way done!


Trying to eat before the next leg; another 6ish miles (5.5?) going up and over Chestnut Mountain with Clay

"I'm Eeeeeaaating!"

Sweet note from new friends

HALF WAY POINT!!

Love from the CR Basecamp


CR Base Camp

Finish Line!

Finishing time - 5 hours 52 minutes

Attempting to smile; or at least not sob too openly

To Cathey's Creek to cool down

It was COLD!!

Good Friends :)