Saturday, April 3, 2010
A few thoughts coming away from the Umstead-100
Second place! And it felt pretty good. :)
1-I am pretty sure that ultramarathoning is the only sport which not only condones the fanny-pack but practically mandates it. So fun.
2-I love this sport because the people are so authentic. They all have an interesting story to tell. I think when you spend so much time alone in a pair of sneakers, it edifies you. It makes you stronger and more honest with yourself.
3-This is the only sport where you could run 99 miles in one day, and if you don't finish that last mile, you walk away having failed...even after running 99 miles. Hahahaha. Cool!
4-About 75 miles in, a lady yelled after me that my calves were getting sunburned. I said, "Thank you. That is the least of my problems right now."
5-The whole time, I kept thinking about how it only takes 18 hours without brushing your teeth for permanent tooth decay to occur. So, by necessity, I finished in 17 hours, 21 minutes.
6-Two men proposed to me while I was running. I said yes to both of them.
7-The race volunteers and aid station workers were so encouraging! THANK YOU!
8-When I hit 99.7 miles, I told my pacer (my little brother), that I had had enough and was dropping out of the race. He did not think it was funny. I thought it was SO FUNNY.