The alarm clock went off at 3:30 am Saturday so I could get in a quick bowl of oatmeal and take care of any last minute preparation for the 5am start of the 50 miler. A few minutes before 4am I woke up Tani and the boys so we could head to the start. We grabbed Isla, loaded the car and off we went. I was really psyched for the boys to see everything from start to finish. I think they thought the scene was cool at the start and I know they thought it was cool being up at 4 in the morning. Despite all this coolness it was already around 75 degrees at the start. I had been mentally preparing for serious heat, humidity and rain all week. This day would eventually hit around 90 with thick breath taking humidity.
I averaged about 1hr 15min for each of the first 2 loops. Then my family was there and I was psyched to see them.
So as I have learned rather quickly, ultras are more often than not subject to change. I adjusted my goal, and set my sites on finishing, and doing it under 10hrs. My boys escorted me out of Great Falls running about 1/4 mile with me. This felt really good especially when they told me I could do it and if I pushed I could make it under 9 1/2.
I can't wait to see them all run again! It's awesome:)