Monday, July 7, 2008

Firecracker 5k

The 2007 St. Jude Firecracker 5k was my first race, which then led straight to my first 40 mile ultra, Bartlett Park. And so my ultra career began.

This years St. Jude Firecracker 5k was my lovely wife's first race and she did great! Her time by my watch (I ran bandit to pace her) was 34:30 and her chip time was 35:07. It was very hot and humid and, under those circumstances, I have to say that she kicked ass. Not the fastest by a long shot, but she finished with a smile on her face and a desire to run more it was a success.

Next for me is the 2nd annual Bartlett Park Ultra on August 3rd. Last year the temps & humidity came close to the century mark and I am quite sure it won't be any different this time. It was my first ultra and I covered 40 miles in under 12 hours. Sure, some of you can walk 40 miles in that time...but I was proud to just finish it!

I have attempted two 50 milers this year and missed the last cut-off in both. Bartlett Park will be my third attempt at 50 miles and I will be damned if I don't make it!

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