35 Mile Ultra Treadmill PR- YMCA Strong Kids Fundraiser
When I walked into the YMCA to run a recovery run after the Land Between the Lakes 50 mile race I was hit with a huge reality. The YMCA Strong Kids Fundraiser was less than 5 days away and I had totally forgot about it. Originally when the idea of running to raise money for this great cause came up I was excited and wanting to take on the world. That was a week before I ran my birthday run of 33 miles on one of their treadmills. As I was running my 3 mile recovery run I continued to debate what the best thing I should do for my body, my training, and then for the YMCA. The YMCA won out when I noticed a huge gap in the schedule between Midnight and 6am on Saturday morning.
The idea of no one taking part between those hours really pressured my heart. It was a 24 hour cardio challenge and an empty gym is a bad gym. On Friday I arranged my work schedule to get home about 9 pm and make it to the gym by 11pm to start a little earlier. My plan going into the night was 35 miles. I was blessed to have 4 people challenge me to $1 per mile, one $.50 per mile, and one $5 for any mile over 30. So I knew I had to go at least 35 miles to make it worth it for the cause.
The miles went by a lot easier this time, compared to my birthday run. A few people filled in the gaps on the 24 hour schedule to leave me running by myself for only about 2 hours. The friendly faces and conversations made the endeavor enjoyable. My greatest fear was pooping out early do to the wear and tear on my body after doing so many ultra runs in less than 30 days. Surprisingly my body responded way better than expected. Taking SUCCEED S Caps every 1/2 hour, drinking way more fluid, and relying on Anti Monkey Butt Powder
to keep me comfortable throughout the 6 hours 25 minutes it took me to complete the distance. While not a land speed record for time, I was very satisfied that I completed the task and set the bar higher for my furthest distance completed on a treadmill.
The recovery phase of my hard week of running started well with a trail run of 4.5 miles and the body feeling like I could run forever. Now its time to focus on speed as I look ahead to the Trail Marathon No Wimps Challenge (Half Marathon Saturday, 50K on Sunday) and the 5/3rd Riverbank run where I go for a sub 2 hour 25K.