Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Virgil Crest Ultra Marathon 50k Race Recap
Marathon number 9 in my quest to run 50 marathons or ultras in 50 states.
Saturday when I arrived in the morning it was too windy to pitch my tent. I got my bib and drove to Cortland NY. After visiting the small town of Cortland NY I went to cheer and be supportive of the runners who were racing for 50 and 100 mile distances.
Every race teaches me something new about myself and how I can work to become a better person and runner. Virgil Crest Ultra arguably one of the toughest ultra marathons in North East America. This Ultra was noticeably organized by people that have a passion for the sport. I read once, do something everyday that the average person in the world does not do and that's what I did on September 21, 2014 at Virgil Crest 50k.
I accepted my fitness level on that day. I worked through my demon's and everything that screamed I should throw in the towel. I got lost, crawled, walked , jogged and ran when I could. I saw struggle. I saw pain, and I saw finishers who became my heroes and source of inspiration.
The cut off time was ten hours for the 50k. The race director and volunteers left no man behind and we all had the chance to finish. The opportunity to finish this hard course with yourself being your biggest critic is something I will treasure for a lifetime.