I am not one to usually look forward to rest, relaxation, and doing a whole lot of nothing. However, today was a much needed day off! After my long run with the stroller and flying solo as a parent this weekend…I’m pooped.
In a few days the boys and I will be headed to my ultra marathon. I will be running in the Bighorn Mountain Wild and Scenic Trail Run (50K). I’ve never ran a distance further than 26.2 in a race before. My longest trail race was Red Lodge’s Nitty Gritty, (half marathon). I am excited, nervous, anxious, worried (I’ll get lost), but mostly happy to be heading back to the mountains where my soul feels most complete.
Ryan and our dear friend Russell will be running the 18 mile distance. Russell has at least gone to the gym on a regular basis and has a good enough foundation to last 18 miles hopefully unscathed. Ryan, my dear, sweet Rye, however, has done maybe a run or two and is confident he can finish, but won’t be able to walk for a while after. I believe him too. Ryan is a great hunter, he can out hike anyone I know. I told him to look at this race like he is after the biggest elk of his life; head up, eye on the prize, and if it hurts…slow down and hike like a beast 😉
What are my plans?
- Fuel smart. This will be tricky, seeing is I have never ran this distance in a race before. I am looking at this 32 mile race as a practice for my future career as an ultra runner, (right Sarah!) I bought more Huma gels in raspberry flavor, (they’re my favorite! like eating jam…not too sweet jam). I have Skratch labs raspberry fruit chews, and I also bought Honey Stinger gluten free waffles in maple flavor. I haven’t figured out how I will space them out…but I plan on bringing plenty of each and will feel out how my body is feeling throughout the run.
- Enjoy the experience. Trail running is a whole other experience. I am not out there to be pushing a pace that leaves me uncomfortable and wrecked at the end…this will be a “vacation” run for my body and I am really happy about that. I plan on taking photos when the moment catches me and chatting up as many who are willing to hang with me for a bit 🙂
If any of you have run an ultra race I would love your advice, words of encouragement, stories…whatever! (by the way, I do plan on packing t.p. too! 😉 ).
I thought I would share this photo from my race yesterday, (courtesy of the event itself!). I love the fact that my body is driving forward and looks strong! I have been struggling with my hips dropping, especially when I’m tired, it looks like some progress has been made! I have a lot of work ahead of me with that problem, but it is something to be excited about; I know I am more efficient/powerful of a runner when I am driving forward with my gluteal muscles and not swinging from my hips. Any of you struggle with that problem too?