So I ran another ultra…

…and it was hard. Who would have thought, right? Ultras are hard guys, but they’re also amazing and incredible.

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Yesterday I completed my second (Or third? I’m not sure if Ragnar counts, but I think maybe it does) ultramarathon. I didn’t really talk too much about it leading up to the race, because I wanted to just go out there and do my thing. This time it was the Eastern Divide 50K, which is basically in my backyard, and I think it is the hardest race I have ever done.

The course had the most elevation change I’ve ever dealt with in a race. I ran by myself for a very long time. I got sick on the course more than once, had full on leg cramps, and dealt with the mental stress of making a cut off by mere minutes. There were several times during the day that I feared I would not get to finish, and there were a few where I had resigned myself to not finishing. And I know without a doubt I would not have reached that finish line without Barry’s help during the final 9 miles of the race.

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Mile 26-ish. PC: Jordan

I hope to have a full race report by next week. For now, I’m in need of some rest and recovery.


I’m linking up today with Tricia @MissSippiPiddlin’ and Holly @HoHo Runs for their Weekly Wrap link up. Check them out and see who else is linking up this week!

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Who else raced this past weekend?
What fun activities did you get up to this weekend?
I hope everyone had a nice Fathers Day!!

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  1. Wow, I’ve had to talk myself into finishing a 10 miler. I can’t imagine struggling through an ultra. You are physically and mentally strong!
    Coco recently posted…Staying Motivated With The June RunChatHuntMy Profile

  2. I didn’t realize ultras had cut off times! Everyone who has tried to convince me to run one tells me how it’s leisurely and you get to take your time. Yikes! Glad to hear you got it done.
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Life Goes On….My Week on the RunMy Profile

  3. Woohoo! I was wondering if there was another ultra in your future based on the last post! Good job!

  4. Congrats on battling through!
    Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy recently posted…More weather whiplash: 6/13-18 Weekly WrapMy Profile

  5. Knew you could make it.

    LUD.

  6. Wow what an experience! Can’t wait to hear more, congrats on finishing!
    Janelle @ Run With No Regrets recently posted…Philly Marathon Pre-Training Week 2 RecapMy Profile

  7. Great way to get it done. I think Ragnars should count as ultra relays, and then some. You don’t just do one leg and you’re done.
    Lesley recently posted…Monday Musings 6/20My Profile

  8. Congratulations! Your trail runs are inspiring!
    Elizabeth recently posted…Week 1: June 13-19 Ch-ch-ch-ch-ChangesMy Profile

  9. Ahhh…vomiting and keeping on going…now you’re a true ultrarunner šŸ˜‰

    Can’t wait to hear more about it. Pick your first 50M yet? šŸ˜‰
    Logan recently posted…Amazing, Awful, Ordinary LifeMy Profile

  10. Congratulations for not only finishing the race, but beating that mental battle. I know how hard that is. One of these days, I would love to run an ultra with you and we can battle it out together. It’s always so much easier when running with a friend.

    Great job Barry!

  11. Yes, I think you deserve some rest! I’m guessing you learned a lot about yourself while battling through this incredibly tough challenge. I can’t wait to hear all about it. Thanks for linking with us Meagan!

  12. Wow! You are amazing! Congratulations!!!
    Jennifer @ Dashing in Style recently posted…Weekly Recap: Tapering Down and Ramping UpMy Profile

  13. Wow, congrats on finishing another ultra. I think one is amazing but multiple ultras, just wow!

  14. Ragnar Trail Richmond Ultra definitely counts! I’m not sure how you sneaked this one past me; or did you tell me you were going to run it and I forgot? Anyway, congrats, and I can’t wait to read your recap!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…A Team Of Ultra Cool RunnersMy Profile

  15. You are a rock-star girl!! That pic is so great with your hubby and Hank, right? That is cool they came out to inspire you to get the end šŸ™‚
    Karen recently posted…About Last WeekMy Profile

  16. There is just no stopping you girly! Congratulations on another Ultra under your belt!
    Tricia recently posted…June Runfession TimeMy Profile

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