Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Western States

I spent much of my afternoon and evening on Saturday the 27th repeatedly hitting refresh on my Twitter feed, looking for updates on the Western States Endurance Run. It was absolutely thrilling to watch the live feed of Rob Krar winning the race for the second year in a row! Roughly four hours later I laid in bed waiting for Magdalena Boulet to cross as the first place woman. And of course I had to wait for Stephanie Howe to come in, which I think was after midnight! Lost track of time snuggled up to my phone in bed. So thankful for the irunfar.com updates and live feed.

On Sunday I watched and I re-watched the WSER finish line video of Gunhild Swanson, at age 70 she crossed the finish line mere seconds before the 30 hour cutoff. Jaw-dropping. After I watched the video I realized that we saw Gunhild at Sun Mountain. She did the 50 miler the same day I did the 50k. 



Gunhild Swanson - 70
Posted by Western States Endurance Run on Sunday, June 28, 2015


In the back of my mind I have always thought that running a 100 mile race seemed like an amazing, but largely unattainable, feat. The more I hang out with ultrarunners and the more I see that (seemingly) ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things, the more I realize that it isn't unattainable. In fact it's completely possible

Some day, some day, I will finish a 100 mile race. Likely never Western States, which requires an enormous amount of talent, luck and a qualifying race to get in to. Fortunately there are plenty of amazing races to choose from.

2016 will be the year of the 50 miler. Then I will have to figure out what the future holds. A 100k is the most common step up, distance wise, from the 50 miler, but it isn't a necessary prerequisite for doing a 100 miler. Anyways, one step at a time! 

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