Well, I have been ultra running since 2007. It all begin with a trip to Stump Jump in Chattanooga in Oct. 2006. Several friends and I did the 11 miler. That in itself was a challenging, but I knew as soon as I finished I wanted to come back for the 50K the following year....so I did. What a day!! It was VERY hot... I finished just inside the top 50% of 225 or so runners with a time of 7:34. It was painful.... lots of cramps, etc.. Before I got to the finish line, I was saying to myself....NEVER again. They say...never say never huh? Before I got home, I was already looking for another 50K. Since then, I have quite a few under my belt. Some great times, some not so great times, but I always start looking for the next one.
As an ultra runner, doing a 100 miler is always in back of your head...thinking, wondering. Is it doable for me? There is doubt....no doubt! But I remember when I first started running 5k's.... whewww, 10k's? NO way! The I did a few 10k's. Half marathon? No way! Well, you see where this is going. So, YES a 100 mile run is doable for me! I have now done a few Ironman triathlons. Well, two that I finished and one that I had an injury with 13.1 miles left and had to DNF. I learned many years ago, a DNF is not such a bad thing if you do it to prevent further injury. So, I was fine with it.
I have a few friends that have completed 100 milers. Most of the time they have finished, sometimes they have not...and that is fine! It happens. Especially at that type distance.
So now, I am signed up for my first! The Rocky Raccoon 100 in Huntsville, TX on February 4, 2012. I have much to learn about 100 mile running and LOTS of miles to run in training. I am more excited (and somewhat nervous) than I was when I signed up for that first Ironman back in 2006. I look forward to sharing my journey. Prayers and training partners welcomed!