Squamish50 was my 3rd ultra, 3rd 50km, and 2nd 50km in the past 29 days. Hah. To say that I love trail running, and that ultra marathons are addictive is an understatement. I have no idea how exactly I discovered this sub-culture, but it truly is a very unique family where salt pills, Advil, and gels are currency in which we trade or donate along the trail. War stories of chaffing, blisters, bug stings, vomit, and tears are shared and relished in, and whether you are first or last, your achievement is celebrated just as loudly. We are all out there suffering, and we understand how the trails have a way of breaking us down, leaving us vulnerable, unprotected, and scared. The best and worst thing about trails is being in the woods, alone, beat down, hating life, wanting to sit down and bawl your eyes out. It forces us to look deep within ourselves, find the inner strength that we know is there, or sometimes don’t even know is there, claw ourselves out of the hole we’ve fallen into, and come out stronger than before, even if our bodies are left weaker than we’ve ever known. Ultras are so different from anything I’ve ever done before. You never know what your day is going to bring, whether your body is going to cooperate, whether you’ve climbed enough mountains in your training, whether you’ve tapered enough or too much, and whether your head is going to allow your body to keep going for hours and hours of running, or whether it’s going to peace out in the middle of a race, leaving you high and dry. I don’t know that I can fully put running an ultra into words for a blog post, but I’ll keep trying. And hopefully, you’ll get out of it even a little piece of how magical of a world I’ve discovered and want to join me on the trails.
This recap will be a bit different from most – less pictures, more mushy gushy. But either way, it’s the tale of my adventure of 50KM at Squamish50 on Saturday August 10, 2013.
Spoiler : I ended up 2nd out of 21 women in my age group!!! My official time was 7:19:46, and I was the 9th overall female(of 86), and 30th overall finisher(of 160).