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Inspired Living

If You Could See Me Now (1st Part of Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile Ultramarathon Race Recap)

Sarah Stanley

Its been a little over 10 hours (written Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012) since I've stopped running and I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the grueling day and night. After I woke up from a deep sleep, I was inching myself across the bed and this thought popped in my head "if you could see me now." So I'm writing a bit about that first.

If could see me now you might see this:

  • Crawling across the bed to charge my phone because it hurts to move.
  • Swollen feet the size of footballs.
  • Blistered, mud-stained and cut up (from duct tape) feet.
  • Looking at my water bottle 12 inches away and calculating how much energy it will take to get it and deciding it will take too much.
  • Haven't eaten a real meal since Friday evening and still don't have an appetite.
  • Still in PJ bottoms, sports bra, race shirt, long sleeve shirt, jacket and sweatshirt (same clothes 36 hours and counting). And shivering. 
  • Lifting my right leg with my hands in/out of bed and any sitting/standing position because it is in so much pain 
  • Sweat-dried hair.
  • Sound asleep and being jolted awake with a soft scream as my feet blisters pop and continue to swell.
Those are just a few of the things you would see. My body is still trying to forgive me for what I just put it through.
I'm formulating how in the world I am going to write about RR100 was like for me. Be prepared for some f-bombs and a very long race recap.
To whet your appetite for the next part in this series, here are a few teasers.
  • For the first time in the last 15 years, the race day had rain. And not just any rain, but almost 2 inches. Complete with lightning and thunder.
  • I ran for 24 hours, including 14.5 hours in the dark
  • My right hip flexor became strained by all the slipping and sliding in the mud
  • Missing the cutoff at mile 80 and experiencing my first ever DNF (Did Not Finish)
  • Thoughts on being forced to stop, NOT quit (big difference)
  • Blisters, blisters, oh God, the blisters
  • How my nutrition/hydration were perfect
  • How crew/pacers are so essential
  • Much, much more :)

Stick around for the full, juicy report! And if you have any questions, post in the comment section.


peace, sweat, love: life