So I ran another ultra…

…and it was hard. Who would have thought, right? Ultras are hard guys, but they’re also amazing and incredible.

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Yesterday I completed my second (Or third? I’m not sure if Ragnar counts, but I think maybe it does) ultramarathon. I didn’t really talk too much about it leading up to the race, because I wanted to just go out there and do my thing. This time it was the Eastern Divide 50K, which is basically in my backyard, and I think it is the hardest race I have ever done.

The course had the most elevation change I’ve ever dealt with in a race. I ran by myself for a very long time. I got sick on the course more than once, had full on leg cramps, and dealt with the mental stress of making a cut off by mere minutes. There were several times during the day that I feared I would not get to finish, and there were a few where I had resigned myself to not finishing. And I know without a doubt I would not have reached that finish line without Barry’s help during the final 9 miles of the race.

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Mile 26-ish. PC: Jordan

I hope to have a full race report by next week. For now, I’m in need of some rest and recovery.


I’m linking up today with Tricia @MissSippiPiddlin’ and Holly @HoHo Runs for their Weekly Wrap link up. Check them out and see who else is linking up this week!

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Who else raced this past weekend?
What fun activities did you get up to this weekend?
I hope everyone had a nice Fathers Day!!

16 thoughts on “So I ran another ultra…”

  1. Wow, I’ve had to talk myself into finishing a 10 miler. I can’t imagine struggling through an ultra. You are physically and mentally strong!

  2. Great way to get it done. I think Ragnars should count as ultra relays, and then some. You don’t just do one leg and you’re done.

  3. Ahhh…vomiting and keeping on going…now you’re a true ultrarunner πŸ˜‰

    Can’t wait to hear more about it. Pick your first 50M yet? πŸ˜‰

  4. Congratulations for not only finishing the race, but beating that mental battle. I know how hard that is. One of these days, I would love to run an ultra with you and we can battle it out together. It’s always so much easier when running with a friend.

    Great job Barry!

  5. Yes, I think you deserve some rest! I’m guessing you learned a lot about yourself while battling through this incredibly tough challenge. I can’t wait to hear all about it. Thanks for linking with us Meagan!

  6. Ragnar Trail Richmond Ultra definitely counts! I’m not sure how you sneaked this one past me; or did you tell me you were going to run it and I forgot? Anyway, congrats, and I can’t wait to read your recap!

  7. You are a rock-star girl!! That pic is so great with your hubby and Hank, right? That is cool they came out to inspire you to get the end πŸ™‚

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