The race began at 7am in the pouring down rain. Mix in some thunder and lightening and off we went. Within the first 10 minutes we had already missed one of our turns and had to back track to get back on course (this would happen 2 more time during the race). With all of the rain it made seeing the orange ties a bit of a challenge. Cross what would have been a dirt road was now a running stream that would come up close to our waist line (we would cross this 3 times). We loved it and all the adventure that this race was dishing out. It was as if you set a group of runners free in an open playground to just have fun. The soft sand was now wet and with each step our feet would sink causing you to walk most of the hills and before we knew it our first loop was complete.
By the second loop I experienced some stomach cramping that lead to a total of 6 fast dashes into the woods with very little time to react. The tissue I had put in my pocket was now a wad of mush from all the rain so I reached for leaves to provide what tissue would have done best. By the next aid station I was so nauseous that the thought of eating was just too much. I stomached a few bites and then off I would go again.
Third loop would test my spirit more than any time in my life. With about 3 miles left on the course I tripped and fell on a tree root and to the ground I went. Some scraps on my shoulder and knee would be the result of this along with a nasty jammed pinkie finger that is now green and blue. This brought me to tears and I could only give in a cry. I truly felt like my spirit was broken. I was exhausted and all I wanted to do was finish. For the next 2 miles I would walk. With only about 300 calories in food during the entire event I was gassed…. Then I saw another runner coming towards my direction. He was so positive and would feed my soul with enough motivation and energy to run in the last mile. An angel from above!
Total miles = 36 (not counting any distance for our wrong turns)
Finish time = 8:25
Amazingly I was 5th female overall. More than anything I am now officially an Ultra Girl!!!!
To my husband:
Having your support meant so much. Each time I took a loop and knew you would be at the next aid station provided me with desire to push through the challenges that I would face. With you, I feel like I can conquer anything. You gave up your entire weekend and dedicated yourself to my event 100%. Even the surprise of the finisher medals that you made for the three of us girls showed how very proud you were of what we accomplished. You are what true love and support is all about.
One of the well stocked stations.
Thrilled to be finished!!
A huge THANK YOU for everyone that cheered me on! I feel more than blessed by this entire experience.