On Friday morning I started the longest run of my life – the Run, Rabbit, Run 100 in Steamboat Springs.
On Saturday evening I finished the race still running with a big ol’ goofy grin on my face.
I walked away from the race a smarter runner. I played it safe from the start. I was hyperaware of my body and addressed niggles as the popped up, not hours later. I ate consistently and consciously, without puking. I kept moving forward with purpose. I ran across the finish line.
At the start and less than a mile into a 4,000 foot climb = smiles of denial!
I am incredibly happy with how the race went, from start to finish. I finished happy and I can take on a flight of stairs without whimpering. My body is going to need some legitimate recovery time but that’s to be expected and it’s a great excuse to go right back to my version of RICE’ing.
None of this would have been possible without my crew. And I don’t say that as someone trying to ego stroke friends – I very seriously mean my race would have been much, much more challenging without the incredibly supportive crew/pacers I had rooting for me at each aid station. Having someone else there to think for you is a blessing, a time saver and a motivator. If you ever run an ultra that allows crews/pacers, talk friends into helping or accept the generosity of complete strangers. And if you’re racing in Colorado and need help I know a girl…talk to me.
Running into the finish…about 3 miles + 3,000 feet left to descent. My toes hated me.
A wordy recap will be up soon, I promise! As usual I’ll dump all the random thoughts I’ve had about the race along with some boring stats then show off some mountain photos. But what else do you want to know about the race? What details matter to you? I write detailed recaps for two reasons – so I can remember the misery/joy of a race when I get trigger happy on UltraSignUp and to get other runners doing the same/similar race can show up a little more prepared on race day. If you were going to take on Run, Rabbit, Run or any other ultra as your first race what details would you care about? Tell me your questions and I’ll give you the best answers I have!
Mind is blown.
a CONGRATS is all I can muster.. I’m just… holy crap. 100 miles. good Lord.
Ha — thanks Jena! I thought about you a lot when I was out there running — you ran crazy fast marathons then birthed a child and now you’re back at running. IMO, that’s way harder than a single 100 miler. (although, near the end I decided I could birth quadruplets without meds after the race based solely upon my newly acquired pain management skills!)
Never a doubt in my mind that you would do it. So proud of you!
Thank you! And thanks for all the Twitter love — Heather read a lot of it to me, it was awesome to hear!
Huge congrats! I’ve said it already a ton of times, but you are truly a BAMF. Never doubted that you would make it through all 100+ miles.
I want to hear ALL THE THINGS. Seriously. I don’t even know. Logistics, running at night, anything you would have done different, things you were SO GLAD you did, etc.
Might be also useful/interesting to talk about (maybe in a different post?) about training - and not just this last bit of “rice-ing”, but the whole journey from your first 50s, etc…and what you think worked, what you think didn’t, etc.
All. The. Things.
Coming right up.
There will probably be more than one post — maybe the actual recap then what I did right/wrong and what’s happening next.
PS — thanks for all the love and support and blind faith in my crazy!
This is so epic Heidi. I’m just proud, astounded, and happy for you!
Was it really 102.5 miles, and WHY the extra 2.5??
I’m curious what your longest runs or doubles were before you had to stop training to deal with the injury &PT?
What was your lowest point during RRR, and how did you fight through it?
If you’re ever doing a shorter ultra in Minnesota/Wisconin let me know. Maybe I’ll be up for a 50K in the future. 🙂
Huge congrats again. I’m glad you shared this experience with us. Loved the videos especially!
Thank you! Seriously, you were on my mind when I was thinking about the people watching the insanity go down on FB/Twitter!
Yup, it was officially 102.5 (but a lot of GPS’s said 107ish) and that’s because of the course — it’s all on trails so you zig and zag as needed. You can’t have less than 100 miles so you go over.
And you’d definitely be up for a 50K! You’ve rocked your marathons and if it’s a trail 50K the scenery can easily distract you for a few more miles!
One more question…
What would you say your ratio of running to hiking was? The elevation of this course still just kills me, not to mention all the climbing up & down!
Yea — there was a lot of hiking. I’ll do some guestimations for the recap!
Congratulations! Come by and refuel with a beer on the house 🙂 You’re seriously insane and incredible!
I’m going to take you up on that — soonlyish, promise!:)
Congrats, Heidi! I am in awe of you. Can’t wait to read your recap!
Thank you! It’s up now, took forever to write!
Congrats!! So awesome!! What an accomplishment!
Thanks! And fwiw, you’ll always be able to lift more than me! I have endurance but beyond that I’m wimpy!
HEIDI!!!!!! SO AWESOME!!!!!!!
I tried! And I didn’t die!