It’s completely normal to run a 50k as part of your marathon training, right? Oh, it’s not? Oops. Well, this week was really all about the 50k. The week was finally here and it all came down to Saturday. The days leading up to the race were not as how I would have liked them, but it ended up working out in the end. After my weekend in DC with Lauren, I headed straight to Philadelphia for work and from there headed to Nashville for 2 nights (also for work).
Being on the road for 6 nights before my big race is not the ideal situation for me. Changing hotel rooms, multiple planes and airports, eating out and longer than normal days isn’t how I’d like spend the week before a major race. I tried to extra precautions like Emergen-C every day, sucked back a ton of water every day and tried to get as much sleep as I could.
Since I had the 50k on Saturday, the plan was to do two 2 mile runs either M/W or T/Th. Well, as you can see that just didn’t happen. Monday ended up be a very stressful and long day and plus it was about 40 degrees in Philadelphia. I decided to wait to run in Nashville the following day when it planned to be mid 80’s! Well, once I got going for that run, I just sort of kept going. I didn’t mean to run 3 miles so quickly, but it was a beautiful day and definitely got caught up in the moment!
Well, my meeting on Wednesday ended at a decent time, so I decided to sneak in another run. By my hotel in Nashville were these amazing greenways and instead and going back to the same one, I headed to a different part. This one was certainly not as flat as the one before and ran more around fields and woods versus along the river the day before. This actually helped slow me down though, which I am sure my legs needed. However, I again got lost in the beauty of the area and accidentally ran 3.2 miles. Whoops!
Tuesday: 3 miles, 30:15, 10:05/mile
Wednesday: 3.2 miles, 34:30, 10:47/mile
Saturday: J.C. Stone 50k, 6:24:40
Total Miles: 37.3 miles
So, that 50k. Well, it happened and dare I even say I even had fun. It honestly could not have worked out as well as it did. The rain held off and considering 4 days out it was 70% chance of rain, I was very happy about this. It was a little chilly, but I would take that over a random 70 degree day. There is so much I could go on and on about with this race, but I am going to save most of it for the official race recap.
What I will say though is that this day could not have happened without my amazing friends. I have never felt so loved in my life. Lauren even mentioned after the race that someone came up to the Pit Crew and said “Chelsea has a lot of friends” and man, are they right! Even if someone couldn’t be there in person, the texts and tweets that I got for support was amazing. I think there was only one truly low point of the race and that was around mile 23(ish) and even at that low point, I knew I had a great support system to keep me going.
Running the 50k truly was a special day for me. I just ran my first marathon maybe 10 months before so to tackle this was quite the jump for me. I might have been a little undertrained, but I am glad I decided to take on this endeavor. It’s truly a day I will never forget. Now I have the added title of Ultramarathoner and it’s pretty sweet to hear it.