The fun began 9am November 18, 2006. This was the start of my first ultra-marathon race. Why enter the 24 hour competition in the US National Championships for my first ultra race? Why not? Wasn't it T.S. Eliot who said, "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly know how far they can go." So, I went for it!
I had three goals:
1. To have fun.
2. To learn.
3. To run 120 miles.
After setting my goals I concluded that sometime during the middle of the night my first goal may actually be my most challenging to achieve! :) I knew the second goal would be an easy one since I had never done anything like this before. And the third goal? It was a shot in the dark. In training, my longest run ever had been 66 miles which afterwards I found myself in the hospital getting 3 liters of fluid to replenish my badly dehydrated body.
The race went wonderfully well. And, come 9am Sunday morning November 19th, 2006 I was one very happy Xtreme Runner having achieved all three goals.
Race Results: http://www.doitsports.com/newresults3/client/153747_181093_2006.html