Ultra Centric 2015 24 hours

At 9am on November 21st I set off for my longest, run/walk, 24 hours. Erik came out with me and set up a tent to keep me company. I was so grateful for that, he doesn’t even know.

I started out strong and steady. I knew the pace to keep was going to be about 12 min miles or 4.5 mph. I did well for the first 26 miles. It was cold and very windy. It was supposed to calm down at around 3pm but it didn’t until about 4. I felt good despite of the wind. Jeannetta and David brought the boys out at around 11am and Jeannetta walked a few laps with me and so did David. It was nice to have their company and support.

I layered with a tank top, a long sleeve running running shirt, and my wind breaker. On the bottom I had my running tights and a pair of toe socks which were my saving grace hence no blisters on my feet! ūüôā ¬†The wind was brutal and cold, felt like I was running in place. ¬†My wind breaker helped alot during the day but at night it was something else. It got below freezing and round and round I went at sundown I put on my heavy winter coat and it was so cozy I was so glad I had it. ¬†It got a little lonely towards the late night as the 12 hour runners were completed with their event and all that were left were the 24 , 48, and 72 hour¬†runners. ¬†It’s so surreal to think that I was amongst these elite group of “super humans” that were conquering their inner demons into the night.

During the night Erik was asleep in the tent, I needed him to be rested since around sunrise I would need him to walk with me to keep me motivated. ¬†Surprisingly I never really had the desire to quit but I was mentally negotiating with myself. ¬†After many thought out calculations I concluded that if I ran a 12 min mile or maintained a 12 minute pace for 24 hours I could possibly get 100 miles. ¬†I factored in bathroom breaks, slower walk breaks and figured I would have a goal of 90 miles in 24 hours. ¬†It was realistic…until about 9pm after 12 hours I was tired and cold I figured…”Maybe just 80miles.”

At around midnight I decided to take a nap and rest my legs. ¬†My right knee began to bother me, which had never happened before and I became worried so I popped some “vitamin I” (Ibuprofen) and got in my sleeping bag. ¬†Erik set an alarm for me and I could not fall asleep for fear I wouldn’t wake back up. ¬†I think I had gotten about 55 miles by then and I wanted to meet my goal of at least 80.

Once I was awakened, I set out and by then my knee really hurt.  I walked and jogged and talked to people along the way.  One guy I spoke with was a neurosurgeon and I picked his brain, (no pun intended) as neuroscience fascinates me. He was doing the 48 hour event and appeared to be about 60 or so, which I found even more fascinating.

There was this other man who was walking with a knee brace on and I could here him as he stumbled past me, “ow, ow, ow, ow..” He was quick considering he had an injury, and he was doing the 72 hour event! ¬†He had been out there since November 19th (Thursday)! I spoke with him a bit but he was in the “zone” so his support crew informed me he came all the way from London and he had a goal to win first place which was about 270 miles. It’s impressive but no record is that important to me, I don’t want to be crippled and have months of recovery!

On Sunday morning at 9am all the events were through and we had a yummy brunch which was provided for us and the awards. ¬†They began by announcing the men 72 hour and sure enough the knee brace guy won. ¬†When they got to the women I was hardly paying attention and I was eating. ¬†Surely enough they called my name for an award! ¬†I had food in my mouth but I got up, “Wait that’s me!” I got 3rd place overall women! ¬†I didn’t meet my goal but I did complete 75 miles. ¬†It is still surreal to me and I am beyond ecstatic that I completed the challenge and exceeded my expectations!

I walked the Thanksgiving turkey trot 5k with my fmily that year, usually I run, but I wasn’t fully recovered yet. And finished strong at Cow Town 2016. I have since taken a break from running to strengthen my muscles. ¬†I started Camp Gladiator March 2015, and would like to continue going to CG while I train for my next race, in November which is another ultra, a 50K. ¬†I cannot wait! ¬†Pictures will be available soon!

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