Wednesday, December 13, 2017

CR24 2017

The only race I ran this year was CR24.  You may remember I ran it last year and had an excellent experience.  It's a 24 hour run on a one mile loop, and you stay out however long you can.  Last year I completed 46 miles.  I injured my IT band during a 20 miler, training for the race this year, about a month out from race day.  The IT band takes a while to heal, so I knew that I wouldn't be in good running shape for the race.  But I thought I would still show up and do what I could.

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.

17 comments:

Tom said...

...what an accomplishment!

Betsy Adams said...

Congrats.... Proud of you ---doing that, even with an injury.... Bless your heart... AMAZING...

Hugs,
Betsy

Busy Bee Suz said...

I'm sure it was hurting you inside not being able to compete as you usually do, but you're a rockstar in my book! I hope you heal well enough to compete again soon.

Out on the prairie said...

A wild race to bein, hope the leg heals

Karen Ann said...

I give you a heck of a lot of credit - that's some big amount of stamina whether you walk or run, especially with an injury.

Sally said...

That's awesome, Lisa. Shows well that you're not a quitter, and an inspiration. xoxo

Monkeywrangler said...

Wow! You still went a long way! How bad are the blisters now?

Michelle said...

Congrats and kudos for sticking with it and going that far!

Ginny Hartzler said...

Congratulations!! You always persevere and rarely give up. You are amazing!

DMS said...

You should be very proud of yourself. Even with your injury- you still participated and ran/walked over a marathon! Wow! Your friend sounds like she had a great experience. I can't even imagine how exhausted you two were afterwards. Bravo ladies!
~Jess

Linda said...

Wow, that's impressive! 33 miles is a lot!

Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too said...

That is still an amazing accomplishment! Way to go!

Harry Flashman said...

I'm always impressed with your accomplishments in the running arena,despite all the other things you have to juggle in life. I'm glad you were successful in this, walk or run it's still impressive.😮

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Way to go, you should be proud of yourself. I know it isn't what you wanted but wow you covered a lot of ground!!

Jenn Jilks said...

Wow. I did a long walk like this many, many, many years ago! Good work!

alissa apel said...

That's a great achievement. I love that you just stuck with it.

Annette said...

Congrats on making 33 miles! I LOVE to walk, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to do 33 miles in one day. I'd probably have to duck out at half that distance. You are AMAZING.