This ultra, with 14 local runners, organized by the local run club was an effort to enjoy a long distance run in their own back yard. Probably better described as in their “back forty” given the fact their route was a rural, flat, route through eastern North Carolina farm land.
They did it simply for their love or running. My hat is off to all of them! I honestly could not get excited about running 42 flat, asphalt miles, in August with NC heat and humidity. If that is not challenging enough, they started at 5pm Saturday and ran into the early Sunday hours. Not only was it hot but it was dark! Impressive! Way to go K-town runners!
Amy, is my inspiration! I have her to thank for inspiring me to push beyond my two mile treadmill runs. She almost killed me on our first summer run in 2008. A very HOT, flat, asphalt run with no water or distance plans (classic newbie mistakes). Neither of us know how far we ran that day we just know we did it! She pushed me through to the finish! That was the start!
We planed to train for our first half marathon February 2009! Living 1.5 hours apart, we shared our training via phone and facebook! 1/2 Marathon day arrived and unfortunately Amy was sidelined with an injury. Not letting injury get her down, Amy rallied the family to support me on race day! Amy was on every corner with one of her crazy signs. She organized the family and had them strategically placed along the course. It was wonderful and a memory I will cherish forever!
That November, Amy and my kids ran me across the finish of my my first Marathon(OBX) 2009.
Amy continued to support and encourage me as I finished another two marathons. Finally, we planned to run the WDW Marathon, her first, January 2011. Keeping with tradition, it was to be a family affair, however this time we would be joined by additional family members (sister Laury, Mom, and brother-in-laws Lee and Jon). They were tired of the sidelines and wanted part of the action.
Unfortunately, I was unable to make the marathon due to a HORRIBLE upper respiratory infection. I was so bummed not to cross the finish line with Amy in her first marathon. I was forced to track her via internet from home. I could hardly contain my excitement for her! I was so proud of her and her accomplishment!
Fresh off her marathon high, we planned to run the Tobacco Road Marathon in March. FAIL! She got super sick and was unable to run! Was this some type of omen? To date, we have yet to run a race together.
Amy’s Ultra finish is a great reminder that you can accomplish anything you put your passion and energy into! I am excited to join Amy in her “Ultra Greatness” as I tackle my first 40 miler in December (Pine Mountain 40) Perhaps, our race calendars will collide and she will join me ( hint..hint) 🙂
Although our race calendars have taken us on different paths and distances, one thing remains the same… I can always count on Amy to raise the bar and push me beyond my limits! I am forever grateful for your support. Without your push, I would have never discovered my love and passion for running. Thank You AMY!
“Its that bond for female runners that makes me want to be a better runner- to push me a little harder” ~ unknown