First Ultra in the Books!

First Ultra in the Books!

On April 22nd I managed to complete my very first ultra run at the Labor of Love 50K in Lovell Canyon, NV.  The race was awesome and the results were even better.  I came in 2nd for the women and 9th place out of 30 overall, with a time of 5hrs 48 mins.  It was the toughest race I have ever done.  The difficulty didn't lie in the hilly terrain throughout the entire race or even in the distance of 31 miles or even in the temperatures which reached the 90's towards the 2nd half of the race.  It was the three factors combined that made this a serious challenge for me.  My goal was to go out and finish strong.  Well, I ended up getting a pretty good start on the first half and managed to hang on to it through the finish.  Looking back(as we all do I think) I know I could have probably shaved at least 15 mins off of my time had I pushed a little harder on the final 4 miles or so.  But, hindsight is 20/20 and all I can do is focus on the next race.  

August 5th out on Highway 51 near Area 51, I will be entering my second ultra run.  It is a 51K that begins at midnight and goes through the evening hours.  About the same distance(about .5mile increase) and the time of day should help calm the heat by getting rid of the sun factor.  As for the terrain, not sure yet but that is how I operate.  I'll look at the course sooner or later.  I am going out to run a good race, possibly improve upon my time, be stronger towards the finish, and prepare for whatever is in store for the next race at hand.  It's going to be exciting and I'm so ready to get the training going again.  

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