|November 26, 2013||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
Cross my Hoka laces and hope to trip, I’ve already started drafting my race report for JFK! Don’t stone me yet!
BUT until it’s done (because 50 miles, guys, it takes a few minutes to digest and write about!), here’s a quick rundown of the race:
7th place for women
A few highlights:
-My (unpublished) goal going into this race was to crack the Top 10 for women. JFK50 was BY FAR the most competitive ultra I’ve run and placing 7th is a much bigger deal (for me) than most, if not all, of my other races.
-My most conservative of estimates for the STUPID ROCKY Appalachian Trail was still too fast. I was not prepared for the terrain and my pace/place coming off the trail reflected it. I was in 26th place at Mile 16 when we FINALLY came off the trail and worked my way up to 7th by the time I was off the C&O Towpath (Mile 42) and held onto that place until the finish.
-While I was 26th fastest on the trail, I had the 2nd fastest split on the marathon distance towpath (yes, I did the math while I was incapable of anything but sitting on my friend’s couch after the race). This says a lot about where my strengths/weaknesses lie and very accurately reflects which portions of the race I was well prepared for.
-For as great as this race seems on the surface, I’ve been having a lot of mixed emotions about it since Saturday night. I can’t decide if these feelings are genuine or the result of exhaustion/post-goal race depression. More on that fun later!
THANK YOU for all of the online/in person/text/twitter/instagram/facebook/phone cheers/love this weekend! You guys kept me smiling even when I was ready to eat my arm off after the race because someone decided they needed to raise and kill a cow before turning it into my burger. <3