I had 2nd annual RUTS ( run under the stars) 10 hr endurance race this past Saturday – and I Ultra Walked 90% of it!
Do I lose my title of Ultra Runner now or does the distance alone save me ?
Here’s why my race was pathetic –
1. I drove 15 hrs to Kentucky on Friday
2. I slept little on Friday night
3. Saturday I didn’t really carb up well and eating Vegan in the south is a challenge
4. The race started at 8pm and that’s cutting it close to my bedtime
5. It was HOT AS BALLS , 96 degrees at race start with 100% humidity
6. Cicadas where flying in my hair and face
7. I just ran a 50k two weeks prior
Ok enough with the excuses – here’s how I really felt
I love the camaraderie of running this race with all my Run It Fast friends
We represented at RUTs and having them beside me on the track is an amazing feeling .
This race consists of running a 1/2 mile track for 10hrs – 8pm to 6am . Sounds crazy but it’s doable. Last year I ran 35 miles in 9:40 so I wanted 40 miles this year but that did not happen , not even close .
I think I ran maybe the first 3 miles then my tore up hips said nope you are not doing this again – so I walked and I walked fast !
I sat when I needed to sit , I drank a ton of G2 , ate a bag of licorice and changed 4x because it was HOT AS BALLS!
When that last hour on the clock showed I knew I needed to get my butt in gear if I was going to get an ultra of 50k and I booked it – I Walked it Fast !
I managed a 50k in 9:39 – not epic , not pretty but 50k is still 50k .
The last 4 laps I walked with an ice cold towel on my head to prevent me from passing out! Let’s just say there were a lot of sick runners out there – I talked to many who were puking during the race . But , we never quit do we !
In the end I count myself as an Ultra Walker this race and that’s ok , you gotta do you and what works for you . So if some don’t consider thy ultra awesome – I say ” screw you ” because I still ran/walked 50 Effin Km’s !
I will be back next year Kentucky , I’ve got something to prove .