On last weekend's race: Rocky Raccoon, Huntsville, TX.
What surprised you most about the race?
The volunteers were incredible. The organization was top notch and the way they had the drop bags at the dam road was great.
What advice helped you achieve your goal?
The best advice from Lisa- start slow to finish strong. Run a 70 mile training run with a 30 mile race in the end. No death march.
Did you meet any new friends on the course?
I met a really nice guy, Jeff, who ran Hardrock this year. It was really interesting to talk to him. I also met a man during the last three miles who kicked my butt into gear and helped push me to a sub- 25:30 finish.
Is there something you learned that you'll use in future races (good, bad, or ugly!)
Run your own race. Let people pass you in the first half. You'll get to pass them later on.
Any words of advice for others thinking about doing an ultra?
Train well, train hard, be prepared and you can do it.
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