Why were you inspired to do this?
I am on a journey to complete a 100-mile race before I turn 50 years old, and this was one of the "mile"-stones to get there.
What were 3 things you did to make this happen?
I ran back-to-back 20-mile runs 3 weekends before the race - that is, 20 miles on Saturday and 20 miles on Sunday.
I trained on hills to prepare for the hilly terrain of Boulder City, Nevada (area around Lake Mead about 30 miles outside of Las Vegas).
I followed the advice of my coach/friend who told me to start out slowly, take walk breaks, and practice conservative running. I didn't want to run out of gas before the end.
How did you feel once you had accomplished this?
It was an incredible feeling of accomplishment. I was tired, of course, after 10 hours of running, but I felt great that I stuck to my race strategy and finished strong. I actually had almost perfect splits - I may have run the second half a little faster. I was detached from my finishing time - my goal was to finish strong and uninjured, and I did. It was a terrific day!