2014 North Face Endurance Race Recap: DNF #ecsdc



29 miles was the best I could do. Next year I tell myself to comfort my disappointment. Participating in this was so beautiful and the runners amazing and inspirational!

What I learned:

I need stronger legs.

Not allot of time to stop at my drop bag and It was time consuming.

A 50k is the longest I would like to run in the future, between refueling, using the bathroom, messing with my hydration pack it was too overwhelming for me and not something I see myself wanting to deal with in the future.

Chafing can happen when you least expect it.

Let go of failure, and forget, putting it in the past and hope for a better future.

Love yourself even when others can't.

Comments

  1. Caroline...you did amazing!!! You did the event, that is so awesome. There is NO failure in what you completed. Great job :)

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  2. I think it was really gutsy for you to even try. 29 miles is not bad day. I also think you were smart to drop rather than risk injuring yourself. I also appreciate your honest recap.

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  3. You played it smart. Now you know what you want to do. Great job!

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  4. Caroline - Don't beat yourself badly on this one; it's part of the ultra game. I've had to DNF a couple of hundos as well as the TNF 50 miler here in Pine Mountain, GA. Once you go beyond 50k, your weaknesses get exposed quickly, and that's a good thing because it shows you what you need to work on. The longer you go, the more they are revealed. Trust me when I say that you will change your mind on the 50 miler. Give it about 2 weeks and you'll be looking for another one to shoot for.

    Trust me :)

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  5. Good job! Getting a distance record still shows yourself how much you are able to push your body. Ultra's are not always about finishing. Sometimes you want to keep going for a certain amount of time or have something arbitrary to accomplish. You hit the starting line with a plan, and that was enough to call the day a success. you ran longer than a marathon, so that qualifies you as an ultrarunner. Don't call this race a failure. You really pushed yourself out there.

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  6. You did a great job! Chaffing is a bitch and the reason that I always wear mid thigh running shorts for races. I like a 50k is insanely long and you should definitely work towards that before hopping into a 50 miler. ALSO a trail race is SO MUCH HARDER than a road race! I bet you could knock our a 50k or 50miler on the road and help build up your confidence for a trail one eventually. Also remember... a lot of people out there can't run a mile. I am so freaking proud of you for killing 29 miles!

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  7. This is a massive acheivement and you should be proud if yourself. I had a DNF for my first ultra and I expect I'll have others in the future. I think I'll use that quote when I do- love it :)

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  8. Great job! With all the marathon's you've been doing, I think you did amazing with where you got to! Great job and consider it a success because at least you gave it a try! Almost 30 miles is something to be very proud of!!!

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  9. I've been there. My first 50 mile attempt was a DNF too. You go through the emotions, the disappointment. I learned a lot though. Then you pick yourself up and get back out there. In my case, it only made me want to do a 50 miler even more. I was able to finish my first 50 miler a few months after the DNF.

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  10. Good to know thank you...yes I am activity pursuing another 50 mile run!

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  11. Tnx it was an amazing experience!

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  12. yes they are two different animals!

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  13. it was very emotional...i have cried during a race...never have I cried so much after a race..you would have thought I was dumped or something lol

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