My friend, Trina, came this year. It was her first ultra. I ran the first few laps with her, but by mile 3 my IT band was really hurting. So I switched to walking. She continued running and was able to run 27 miles, and then walk enough miles to complete 50K.
It's very humbling to just walk a long race like this. Walking certainly takes a lot longer than running. At 1:00, I was discouraged I wasn't near marathon distance yet. But we had good weather, and the volunteers were supportive, and there was plenty of good food. So I just kept at it.
This year was the first year they gave out medals if you made it to 26.2 (marathon distance). It took a loooooong time, but I did grab my medal.
So I walked and I walked and I walked. Turns out you can walk really far in a day if you just keep pushing. In the end, I covered 32.98 miles (let's just call that 33 miles to console my mind that prefers whole numbers, shall we?). I stayed long enough to do a few laps in the dark and eat pizza for dinner. Then I headed home for the night.
It was a fun race again, and I enjoyed it even though I didn't get to run much. I loved seeing how successful my friend Trina was with her first ultra. Hopefully I'll be back next year, and in better running condition next time.