"When you run your first marathon, more things seem possible. When you run your first ultramarathon, everything seems possible."
~ Michael D'Aulerio
Last Sunday I raced the Mine Falls 50K Not virtually. It was a real, live, in person event with other runners, bib numbers and start and finish lines. I know some of you have already gotten out there again but this was my first official race of 2020 and by the time Sunday rolled around I was giddy like a toddler on Halloween. Seriously, I have never been so excited to race, maybe ever. And while my expectations weren't super high simply on account of the fact that, for me it honestly didn't really matter how organized or well attended this even was, the first annual Mine Falls Trail Running Festival did not disappoint.
Running is such a simple sport, you know? But then, I guess when you're out in the woods for multiple hours during a pandemic it becomes a bit more involved. As of Saturday our forecast looked perfect. The race was taking place up in Nashua, NH which is about a forty minute drive for me. Temps were expected to be in the low 50s at the start and then work their way up to the mid to high 60s for the finish. I have a couple new run friends, Brian and Addie, who are ultra experts and both have been incredibly helpful to me as I have started to dip my toes into these uncharted mega mileage waters. No joke, I would have been up shit's creek without their guidance as I prepared for this rodeo. The race director let us know that there would be water and fuel stations but asked us to consider carrying our own fuel in an attempt to avoid over crowded stops. Fine by me. I've been practicing with a water vest for my last half dozen long runs so I was happy to wear it. I laid out my stuff the night before the race and then checked in with Addie to make sure I wasn't forgetting anything. I told her headphones were "optional but not recommended" and asked if she thought I shouldn't bring mine. "Fuck that" she said. "I always have to have my music." Clearly I was very glad to hear this from an expert. See how helpful she is?? Since I was driving up in the morning for the 7:00am start, I tucked myself in around 8:45 which is a full fifteen minutes before my usual bed time. I know...crazy.
Listen to this:
Feel Good (feat. Bre Kennedy) - Super Duper