You all know if you have read previous posts that running isn't something I have always done. I am not fast and I used to be so out of shape I had to run/walk a 5k when I started.
So here I go on this journey. I signed up for Old Pueblo 50 which was March 2, 2013 and I trained my butt off! (In reality, my butt got tighter, but I didn't lose a single pound) I accomplished the feat with a bunch of awesome friends who thought it would be fun to spend the day and watch me suffer.
Altra Ambassador for my favorite shoes. Altra Zero Drop for the Ultra Runner! Yay! Believe it or not they chose me!!! And best of all, throughout all of my adventures this year they are still my favorite shoe!
The week before OP50 we did Ragnar as an Ultra team. As good teammates they forbade me to take the long legs, so I think I only did 28-30 miles. I was bummed, but I got to cross the finish line for our team. That was pretty spectacular.
|This shoe is my best traveling companion.|
|25 miles in I felt great.|
|Yeah, we do logos for everything.|
|My first belt buckle|
|This is me as a border patrol agent while I ran OP50|
|My first DNF. It was a night run. I fell and lost my nerve. It happens.|
|Hanging out in the trees having fun while the real me was trying to finish OP50|
I never in a million years thought I would be here today. I am so happy and proud of who I have become and how I inspire others. Along with the rest of the Cholla Chicks I expect so much from myself. That "so much" means, successes and failures all bundled up to be an amazing adventure called life.
I am excited to see what next year brings. My goals for the next 2 years are to qualify for Boston, complete OP50 in under 12 hours. Do Zane Grey and figure out which terrifying 100 miler to do.