About a month ago, I texted Heidi to see what her plans were for the weekend. The conversation went a little something like this:
H: “I’m volunteering for an ultra and camping! Wanna come?”
Me: “Only if I can borrow a warm sleeping bag.”
Next thing I knew we were on our way to Woodland Park, CO to volunteer at Human Potential Running Series’ very first race: The TommyKnocker 50/100k. Side note: I sure am a cheap date. A warm place to sleep and the promise of a container of snacks in the back of Heidi’s Forester are all I need to be convinced to chase around a bunch of stinky runners for 12+ hours.
What I didn’t expect to get out of the weekend, however, was the overwhelming sense of community, inspiration and motivation that comes from this awesome group of people. I had always heard that ultra runners were some of the most genuine, down-to-earth folks— but it wasn’t until this weekend that I truly experienced that.
I saw runners of ALL shapes, sizes and ages toe the line of this ultra. I can’t even describe to you how inspiring it is to watch such a diverse group of people get out there and do what they love to do.
It’s a weird thing, you know. When you hang out with ultra runners, you suddenly think that you can run an ultra, too.
It wasn’t too long after we got home that the ultimate #runabler herself, put the bug in my ear that I could run Human Potential’s next race: The Indian Creeks 50k.
I mulled it over, sent a few frantic emails to Heidi asking if I would die/if she would be able to roll my body down the mountain, etc., and then… I signed up.
I’ll be officially running my first baby ultra on November 1st: The Indian Creeks 50k.
There’s only a handful of people in real life that actually know — meaning my Mom, Ian and a few friends. So there you go Internet world — You’re in the loop!!
I actually feel extremely calm and confident. I believe in myself. I truly don’t know if I would have been able to say that a year ago. These past 10 months have shown me that it’s okay to be afraid, to jump + to see if you can fly.
I have zero goals other than to toe than to finish with a smile on my face. I have set no time constraints for myself [+ there is a generous 14 hour cut off]. I will walk the ups, and run the flats and the downhills. I have no other goal than to complete this race for myself.
I know that this is something I have to do for me.
I’ve been following a training plan, which has me on trails 3-4 days/week, with back-to-back long runs on the weekends. So far, everything’s been going as planned and I feel stronger than ever. I’m still CrossFit-ing, because I know my body well enough to know that it can’t run every day. Plus, I could never give it up entirely.
I’ve also been taking extra precautions to stretch, foam roll and get enough sleep. I am so confident in my abilities to do this, and am so excited to finally announce it to the internet!
Bring it on, Indian Creeks!