I seriously stink at keeping up with important race recaps, but life has quickly gotten away from me.
Yep. You read that right. I ran 50 miles on June 8, 2019 as part of the Eagle Up Ultra. I made the decision last summer. My friends easily talked me into it based on the course description and the time cutoff of 24 hours. It seemed very doable for me!
Then, I came down with a left hip injury after running the Marine Corps Marathon in October. After taking some time off, I began training in January and ended up with a right hip injury due to over compensation with my original injury. I ended up going to physical therapy from February up until 2 weeks before the race. I went back and forth with my decision, but I bit the bullet in March and registered for the race after my physical therapist pretty much gave me the okay to run. While my injury wasn’t going to completely clear until I took another break, she assured me that it wouldn’t get any worse – especially with my weekly maintenance program she had me on. I looked forward to having the Graston Technique performed on my legs, despite how much it hurt because I knew it was necessary to keep me going.
But even when I got the okay to run this race, I still didn’t make it as public as I normally do for big races because in the back of my mind, I wasn’t completely sure it would happen.
Training for an ultra is an entirely new beast. I reached so many new milestones during this training cycle. I had my biggest monthly mileage (~200), biggest weekly mileage (50 miles) and my longest single training run (30 miles). I was frequently HANGRY and tired.
June 7th finally rolled around, and I headed to Emily’s house after working in the morning. We promptly left and went to the Oakmont Bakery.
After scarfing down a bunch of calories, we drove straight to Canton, Ohio. The drive wasn’t bad, aside from a small section of bumper-to-bumper traffic. I think it took us, in total, a little over 3 hours. We first went to the camp sight/packet pick-up before checking into our hotel. We waited around for our other Pittsburgh crew to arrive with the tent. While we weren’t camping (SO NOT MY THING), we wanted to set up a tent for our race day essentials. My box had things like extra socks and shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, chafing balm, etc.
After setting up, we went to the Team RWB pasta dinner, and I ate 2 heaping plates of pasta and bread. We ended the night early, so we would have ample time to get to the hotel to unwind and prepare for the next morning.