Yes, still sick [worse] this sucks. hard.
Thought I'd share an email conversation from Wednesday. You see, if you run the Man Against Horse Ultra [the 50 miler] you get a buckle. Not a boring/cheap medal but a big friggin' cowboy buckle.
I want the dang buckle.
Friday while at my friend's [Ash & T's] going away party. T works with The Pita. "A" also works with The Pita and is an ultra runner. So he and I - - - - we HAD to chat. He told me of an upcoming race. I asked him to get The Pita the info. And he did. And I signed up without telling The Pita.
And so it goes:
The Pita: “You're gonna die if you do the 50 mile - even Aaron thinks so.
I'll start looking for a new wife now so it will be a smooth transition
"A" sent you some links see below.”
My reply to A & The Pita: “I always did envision you with someone even younger than myself [even though I’m 4.5 years your younger. Buckle up buttercup. It’s 50 or nothing.”
"A" cracks back-Pita [long signed off]: "Bull Shine!!" My first race was a 50 miler - the toughest 50 miler. ...and I never ran a single marathon except technically as a training run on my own a few times. I encourage you to run the 50 as long as you train for it and you're prepared to be out there awhile. It's a beautiful course and you'll probably even enjoy about 7 miles of it!! As long as that bloke you call a husband is out there, you won't feel like you'll ever be stranded. Just run from one aid station to the next and you'll make it and get your first shiny ultra marathon buckle!! One thing I gotta tell you though is there's about a 2000' climb from mile 29 to 30. That's after you've done about 6000 feet of climbing during those first 28 miles. Keep telling yourself "it's fun."
Me: YAY! I want the buckle. I need the buckle. It's all in the freaking buckle. You wear yours to work right?!
I know I'm an idiot but ehhhhh what's the worst that can happen?
1. I look like a complete a*s? [fine by me].
2. Break my leg? [downer but it'll mend].
3. I pass out [there's helicopters right?]
4. I die. [all attempting first time ultra runners go to heaven, right?]
Who says I'm an ALL OR NOTHIN' kind of girl? [ohhhh, you mean THAT person who saw my horrible dance moves Friday?!] whatever. I'm over it.
I'm soooooo IN!
A: you have the kind of attitude it takes. you're gonna do well. Please don't yell a bunch of *^%@!* when you pass me, okay? It's gonna be a beautiful day, I just know it!! keep hunting the Internet for the crude profile and/or map of the course. You need that to plan your drop bags. we'll have to plan a quick strategy session before the race. You're gonna kick some serious horse tail!! let me know if you think of any questions.
Me: Pass YOU? That's seriously the funniest thing I've heard all week and it's been ---- well ----- an EVENTFUL week. ;) Did you really write, "you're gonna do well"? Liar!! But I love you for it! If I make it out in 12 hours or 18 - I'll be the craziest blonde you've ever see cross a finish line. YAY! So excited.
A: there's a 12 hour cutoff. and trust me, I tested that one year when I had to run the second half with my shoe halfway off because of severe blisters. I barely made it. The next day I rode the Tour de Scottsdale (70 miles), ...but I'm not bragging or anything. seriously, I'm here if you need anything.
One hour passes
Then he emails me this. Ummmm. Help.
Happy Friday Y'all!