In case the internet was wondering…I survived the Quad Rock 50M race on Saturday! I was out there playing on the trails, trekking my butt up hills and running the very welcomed rain for just 15 minutes shy of 13 hours, which I am incredibly happy with!

It was everything I expected, minus that endless miles of misery and self hatred. Yes, the miles were hard. Yes, I invented new swear words when the relentless hills of wobbly rock kept going up, up, up. Yes, my legs to tired.

However, I never wanted to give up and I never thought cruel, murderous thoughts of the crazies whose encouragement got me to the start line. I never had the chance, it never got that bad. Which means I’m still waiting to get my butt kicked by a race, which is terrifying!

The volunteers, spectators and other runners out on the course were absolutely amazing! Seriously, they kept me going  with smiles, laughter and bundles of positivity before I even knew I needed it. I wish I had paid more attention to names, they were all incredible!

I’ll be back shortly with stories of the miles and especially the people, just as soon as I figure out how to put it into [semi] interesting words! I’m beginning to think running the 50 miles was easier than recapping it will be!

A huge thank you to everyone for the encouragement via tweet, text, mental mojo, happy thoughts, etc! I felt so special seeing my phone blow up when I pulled it out of airplane mode, so thank you for thinking of me on Saturday and for being so positive along the way!

Categories: life


Laura · May 12, 2021 at 5:04 pm

WAY TO GO!!!!!! So excited for you to reach your goal. (Also excited that the race was Saturday and not Sunday, as I had been thinking on Friday, or you would have had awful weather.)

    Heidi Nicole · May 13, 2021 at 8:30 am

    And no kidding — Sunday’s weather would have been quite the wrench thrown in my plans!

Kier · May 12, 2021 at 5:46 pm

So happy for your amazing race! I am just sitting down to try to recap mine - but really, I am not sure if words can describe the experience. One thing I do know - I would do it again sometime - which is a real surprising revelation that I knew even before I crossed the finish line.

Thanks for the motivation along the way - I enjoyed receiving your texts and all the others throughout the 50 (point 1!) miles. 🙂

    Heidi Nicole · May 13, 2021 at 8:34 am

    It was so great to have texts waiting for me. I’d see a massive hill and be all “ooh, no I can walk and check with Kier!”, so thank you!

    I have no idea how to put it into words and keep it interesting to the rest of the world. So much happened that I want to remember, but then I’d end up with a 8,000 word post!

Logan @ Mountains and Miles · May 12, 2021 at 6:22 pm

Whooo hoooo!! HUGE congrats! Can’t wait to read all about it and to drool over all of your other running adventures this summer!

    Heidi Nicole · May 13, 2021 at 8:36 am


    We’re going to rock at life with the 4 Pass Loop — I’ve been talking about it and the people who’ve done it love it!

      Logan @ Mountains and Miles · May 19, 2021 at 11:41 am

      It’s going to be epic. I’m 10000% more excited for that than my 50M coming up, ha.

        Heidi Nicole · May 19, 2021 at 9:17 pm

        YES! Be excited about your 50M, it’s an incredible experience and worth every step!

Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb · May 12, 2021 at 7:23 pm


    Heidi Nicole · May 13, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Thank you!

    You’ve done double race weekends, right? When are you hitting up ultras! 😉

Cassie @ Rural Running Redhead · May 12, 2021 at 8:41 pm

Congrats!! I can’t wait to read the detailed recap. Also, thank goodness it was Saturday and not Sunday… could you imagine running 50 miles in that weather?!

    Heidi Nicole · May 13, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Thank you!
    Sunday would have been…interesting! Probably would have still survived but those cutoffs would have been staring me down! So thankful for Saturday’s weather!

Purelytwins · May 13, 2021 at 6:34 am

congrats girl!

lynne · May 13, 2021 at 2:18 pm


Laura @ Backstage Balance · May 14, 2021 at 11:58 am

Congratulations! We knew you could do it 🙂

    Heidi Nicole · May 19, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you! And thanks for all the faith in my crazy ideas! 🙂

Lisa · May 15, 2021 at 9:47 pm

Congrats!!! So happy you had a successful race and finished strong. Now I guess 100 miles better look out… Because here Heidi comes! 🙂

    Heidi Nicole · May 19, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Thank you! I thought about you, a lot, with your race! Fingers crossed for a 100M half as good as this 50M!

steena · May 17, 2021 at 10:10 am

Congratulations!! Amazing!! I can’t wait to read more details!!

    Heidi Nicole · May 19, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you!
    I *might* eventually get a recap up. It’s really hard to write…I think I’m still digesting it!

Kate · May 19, 2021 at 10:17 am

13 hours?? You crazy! Congrats on this big notch in your belt! 🙂

    Heidi Nicole · May 19, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you so much! My belt definitely earned the notch…now for the next one… 😉

Natalie @ Free Range Human · May 20, 2021 at 12:47 pm

I never had any doubt 🙂 So proud of you!

    Heidi Nicole · May 21, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    Thank you!
    And I have no doubt you’d do amazing at the Steamboat Stinger Marathon…just saying! 😉

    But seriously, I totally believe you’ll rock the socks off any marathon you do! You’re doing amazing with your running!

Natalie @ Free Range Human · May 21, 2021 at 1:30 pm

I googeld it today 🙂 Since it’s the weekend after the relay, I can’t do it this year (I don’t have enough time left to train anyway!), but MAYBE next year!

    Heidi Nicole · May 21, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    You Google’d it…that is enough to make me happy!

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