Happy Monday to you! The snow and ice here is melting and I don’t know about you…but I’m more than ready for some sunshine. In fact…we may be getting a little relief this week with some warmer weather. Let’s see how long it lasts!
Let’s recap the weekend, shall we? And what a weekend it was…
So this weekend was slated to be Cowtown Ultra race weekend. As you all saw on Saturday…I posted that race plans came to a screeching halt when they called off the ultra and full marathon distances due to a winter storm that blew through the area.
UGH. Crazy right? In fact…it was the FIRST time in the history of this race that they had to call off part of the event due to weather.
I was very disappointed but I truly saw it coming. They had also canceled the 5k/10k races that were supposed to be held on Saturday due to ice on the ground. The ice melted a bit but over on the west side in Fort Worth there were still a LOT of patches. So, somehow the race director decided to sand the streets and pave out a course to still hold the half distance. All distances were also invited to come run the half for free, which was cool. It was my 4th time running this race series so I figured I’d join in for the fun.
Race morning, I was up early and made my trek out to the start. I started in corral 3, which in hindsight I wish I would have started in an earlier corral.
The patches of ice still made me nervous though so I was prepared to go SLOW and tread carefully so I would not slip and fall.
Once I got some good traction I started to pick up the pace and bit and when I saw the 2 hour pacer I knew I could blow past him. This course has a fair amount of hills as well but since doing some hill training as well as running this hilly 5k a few weeks ago they didn’t seem all that bad.
Hey, for a no expectations, let’s just go out and have fun race…not a bad time there! This is the fastest half I have run in over a year. Number 20 is done!
As for the 50K, I’m definitely bummed they did not hold the ultra but I also knew Sunday was just not a good day to do it and risk injury slipping and falling. So I am prepared to knock it out this week on my own. So stay tuned.
And why….do you ask? Well, not only have I trained for it…BUT…it’s a part of my training for the Grasslands 50 mile race. Yes, I was a bit of a stinker by not telling you this but I signed up for this race a while ago and it has been on the back burner. So now you know.
Even if I have to walk the whole darn back half I will totally do it. I think I’ve just gotten to the place in my running where I really want to see what I’m capable of with distance. So…let’s do this! Oh yeah, and pray for decent weather. At least, no ice.
How was your weekend? Any other ultra marathoners out there? I need some ultra tips!