It’s hard to believe that it’s already been nearly three weeks since the Golden Ultra! In case you missed it, here are my race recaps:
- The Golden Ultra // Blood // Day 1
- The Golden Ultra // Sweat // Day 2
- The Golden Ultra // Tears // Day 3
Now that I’ve had some time to think about the race and settle back into normal life, I have some thoughts about my first ultramarathon:
Training for an ultra still isn’t my thing
I still believe that training for an ultramarathon was one of my least favorite things ever… I think partially because I was just focused on building up my mileage and getting time on my feet. After training for marathons for so long, I missed doing tempo runs, track workouts, easy days… all of that. (I KNOW, who am I?!)
Road races will never be the same
The first road race I did after The Golden Ultra was the TC 10 Miler, and as soon as I got there with the lines of port-a-potties and having to wait in corrals for the thousands of people to show up to run, I was a little like “ugh.” I missed the simplicity of a small trail race and being able to show up 12 minutes before, go to the port-a-potty and hit the start with four minutes to spare.
Through my first ultramarathon, I think I learned that smaller races are my thing (but is this just a result of getting older)? Not to say I won’t ever do a big race again, but it is such a completely different experience to show up at the starting line with a few hundred people versus a few thousand.
Nature is pretty amazing
The views we saw along the way… I don’t think I can even explain how incredible they are. There’s something about the mountains that make you feel so small and a little insignificant, and that’s so humbling (in a good way).
I am mentally stronger than I thought
I’ve always thought that one of my biggest weaknesses for running is my mental strength. I know the source of this, and it’s been something that I’ve been working on getting better at over the last few years, but it’s a work in progress.
This race… this race proved that I am way more mentally strong than I ever thought. I am so proud of myself for never once thinking about quitting.
OK so, I might do one again
Remember when I was talking a few weeks before the ultra, and I had convinced myself I was going to be one and done at this distance? Well, that’s not entirely accurate. I am not quite sure that ultras are going to become my thing, but I must admit… I’m a little curious if I could run a 50 miler and beat my Day 2 time, given the fact that I wouldn’t do it up a mountain. Plus, a 50k is pretty much a marathon, right? 😉
What’s been your favorite adventure in nature?
Would you ever run an ultramarathon? Why or why not?
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