New River Trail 50K

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This will be the 3rd year Jon and I attend the New River Trail 50K ultra run.  The first year, without much training, I did it in 5:54:50.   My strategy was how many 10 minute miles can I do.  I followed a simple formula:  every 1/2 mile drink water, and every half hour eat (I alternated between bean burritos and gu).  Below is a picture of my homemade burritos.

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The 2nd year I trained, and my marathon split was 4:28:07, and overall time was 5:22:46.  I followed the same simple formula described above.   Jon finished before I did, and made sure George was at the finish line to greet me.

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Unfortunately, due to an upcoming NPC Competition, I will not be running this year.  But I will be there to support Jon and volunteer.   I am also making 2 of the Awards for the Category Winners.  I love silversmithing and running, so was very excited to make these.   I start with sheet plate sterling silver, stamp and cut pieces, then solder, drill hole, add jump ring, acid, and then polish.

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Finished product.

 

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For those of you who have never done an ultra run, it is quite a thrilling feeling.  Not just finishing, but embracing your inner strength and conquering 32.2 miles in a single bound.  Like all goals accomplished in life, it fills up your “I can do anything I set my mind to” tank, and spills over into all areas of your life.   Happy Running.

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