In so many ways, the Burning River 100 mile ultramarathon exceeded my expectations. It was harder than I imagined, of course, but the course through the Cuyahoga Valley in Ohio was exceptionally beautiful. The support from my Salty Running crew (led by Crew Chief Salty) provided the support I needed before, during, and after the race and my amazing pacers kept me moving forward, no matter how slowly, and my mood positive. Finally, finishing the race felt almost transcendent. For the first time in a race, I truly did not know until I actually crossed the finish line that I could do it, and crossing it and hearing my name from the announcer was a deeply emotional experience. From my arrival in Ohio to when I left, the experience was one that I will never forget, and that experience goes beyond the race itself, and is the result of the amazing support and friendship from Salty, Ginger, Jasmine, Pacer Sean, and Kevin. You guys rock!
Now, since that was rather more sappy than I usually am, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty details of the race. For the faint-hearted or squeamish, please be warned that this recap may be more than you wanted to know about me and ultra running. Grandma, this means you might not want to read this.