Leona Divide 50 Mile Run

Dean,

I don’t think anything could have fully prepared me for yesterday. But with the ‘spirit of Dean Karnazes’ with me, how could my race have been anything but a positive experience? I was terrified as I pulled up to the start of Leona Divide that morning. Yes, I had trained, but you just never know how your body will respond to something like that and being an ultrarunner is a title that I have wanted for over a year now. Not FOR the title, but for some reason as soon as I started learning about it, I realized it was simply something I had to do. More than anything, I was nervous about making the cut off time of 13 hours. Even though I THOUGHT I could make that with no problem, again, I just didn’t know what was going to happen.I met some amazing people yesterday and it was truly an experience I will never forget.

My dad and my boyfriend, Brian both came out to support me. The challenges that I faced yesterday are hard to even describe. I actually referred back to your book a few times while I was out there. It really helped me understand what was happening to me. There would be moments that I would face excruciating pain for 10 minutes or so in some random place, making me think that I would have to drop out, but 10 minutes later I was fine and I felt that I could run for days. When I entered the highest point in altitude, my fingers swelled up and I remember you talking about that happening while you were at Western States. I even started hallucinating aid stations towards the end of the race. It’s funny how the body reacts to something like that.

Everyone knew I was a first timer, and as I crossed the finish line at exactly 12:30 (I think I was one of the very last runners in) I felt as if I was officially inducted into their secret club. The people could not have been any nicer, or crazier. And for the first time in a long time, I felt completely at home. Today, my body is sore, my feet are a complete mess, but I got up again at 3:30am to go support Brian at his triathlon. And oddly enough, I am not tired at all. Let’s see how long that lasts. Thank you for staying in touch! I hope to see you out there sometime soon.

Summer :)

Unreal! What an epic adventure, Summer. I really enjoyed reading your account of the day, it sounds like one heck of an experience. Good for you getting up at 3:30am to support Brian. You guys make a wonderful team.

Hope the recovery goes well. Go treat yourself to a day at the spa, you’ve earned it

dk

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