Showing posts from May, 2013

How To Survive Graduating & Running Your First Ultra: Born To Run Ultra 50K Race Report

Because I like doing things differently, this race report and weekend recap will be organized into "steps", similarly to last year's Ten Things I Learned at the Born To Run Ultramarathon. Also, the majority of the later pictures were taken by my dear friend Michelle Evans. ...Thanks Michelle! :)

Step 1: Accept the situation for what it is. Accept your training. Make a realistic game plan,  and think positive.
Two weeks before my first ultra, I was feeling good but still pretty nervous. My training was not where it was suppose to be. I should have been averaging 40+ mile weeks and was topping out around 20 (if that).  When the race finally approached,  I just smiled and accepted where I was at. I had set goals for myself at the beginning of the year, and had no intention of breaking them.
I accepted that I might have to push through pain and discomfort. I imagined myself becoming a zombie, marching across the miles. I expected screaming muscles, possibly tears, wanting to…

Born To Run Ultras: The Evolution of Racing

For those of you who have yet to experience Born To Run, I offer a suggestion: sign up for next year. Start training now. Because I guarantee it will be the most enjoyable (and fun!) race you have ever ran. It will be like no race you have ever experienced before. Born To Run is the evolution of long-distance racing-- I've heard a few people mention that it's more like Woodstock than a race. Music, bonfires, hula-hooping, men in skirts, tattooing, and whiskey. It's basically a music festival, but with a race going on the whole time. This is not your quick n' dirty weekend 5K where you get a massive goodie bag and fancy medal. This isn't a trendy Color Run where you can get a bunch of your girlfriends to jog a couple miles with you. This is trail and ultrarunning, in it's purest form. You'll push yourself to your very limits, and then keep going. You'll find out what you're truly made of. And, one of the best parts, is you'll actually meet other…