This was my first time at this event and I was excited to be running my first ultra since a McNaughton 100 DNF in April. My cousin Dylan and I were both running. This would be his first attempt at an ultra event. Everything we read said to just bring your gear and set up camp right at the race site, so that's what we did. We loaded up my truck with a tent, a few sleeping bags, some lawn chairs and out running gear and headed out. We arrived at Kennekuk Cove County Park (say that 3 times fast) and were both really surprised how many tents were lined up. There were a lot! We set up, grabbed our bibs, then left to town to get some pizza. We grabbed some supplies for the morning then back to camp to wind down.
I kept looking at my watch and trying to do some quick math in my head. I was on track for a sub 4 hour marathon. Now I know that this is not a huge milestone for many, but given that I have averaged pretty low miles (around 30) for the last few months, I could not believe it and I still had gas in the tank. I finished my 8th lap in 3:56 (26.32 miles).
So what does the mind do now? Mine says “Hey, you could go sub 5 for a 50k, just keep pushing!” and I did. I hit the aid station (located at 1.7 miles into the loop) on my 10 loop in 4:51 (31.31 mile). I was really surprised by this, but still felt ok so I continued on. I came around and saw Dylan, looking tired, but still moving, which is key. I asked how he was doing, and he was hurting, but was still in for getting over that marathon mark. We walked together for about a mile then I took off to see how I could end up for the day.
This was an awesome race, well put together and highly recommended for anyone looking to do their first ultra or just to do a great event. There is a ton I left out about the other folks I met on the trail, but those are the stories that those “you’d have to have been there” sort of thing.
Thanks to the Kennekuk folks for a great race and to everyone who had words of encouragement though out the day! To everyone who ran especially Ellen who went on to finish 3rd (56.14 miles) and would have had the new women’s record if the 2nd place finisher, Christine Crawford hadn’t knocked out 58.43!! Great job everyone and I plan on seeing you again next year!!!