This time I really tried to get my zen on, and live in the moment for where I was and what I was doing. It was awesome! I finished in 5:36:53 with a 4:39 marathon split. It was cold and foggy at the start, then 72* and perfectly sunny at the finish. Since I never meet a stranger there were tons of cool, friendly people to talk to out there. awesome.
|Macado's in Galax! Who knew that was there|
|Cute farmers market|
Saturday morning I ate breakfast in the hotel, running into another NRT runner from Chapel Hill. He didn't want to eat but I tend to throw down on race morning before an ultra. Made the easy drive from Galax up to Fries Va and got ready to rock. The hospitality up there was incredible.
|Foggy on the river - that's a picture of a trash can|
|The river was angry that morning - like an old man trying to send back soup|
|Here's the old man|
|The registration & starting line area is right next to the parking lot|
|I'm ready to go!|
|Beautiful waterfall 2:11 into the race. Maybe 14 miles?|
|That's how I really felt about that waterfall|
After the second turnaround it was a straight shot back to the start/finish line. I realized I didn't take many pictures on the way out there, so I tried to snag a couple more on the way back.
|11:28 am, it was starting to warm up more by then|
|and by 12:04 pm I'm 4 hours into the race and totally beat|
The day and the course lived up to expectations. It was cold, hot, and beautiful for so many different reasons. They didn't have a clock at the marathon point, but there was a girl yelling out your marathon split time as you ran past. Then at 1:36 pm I came back to the finish line, happy to be done and grateful for the day I had. I finished 29th of 63 finishers, square in the middle of the pack. I wanted to get those 5 miles between the marathon split and the finish line done in under an hour, and I made it in 57 minutes. I wanted to have fun, so that I certainly did.
|The same river picture from the top of this post, without the fog|
|Happy happy finisher!|
|Giving my feet an ice bath in the river. Best part of finishing this race.|
|Not a cloud in the sky! What happened to that fog and long sleeve shirt?|
|Beautiful day in the VA mountains.|
|With my medal at the finish line|
|Some of the many cool friends I made on the trail. These girls all finished their first ultra.|
This was a great way to kick off my streak. 1 down, 11 more to go. Up next is the Triple Lakes Trail Marathon in Greensboro on Oct 29. Run more trails!