Sunday, April 29, 2007
Promise Land 50K 2007
What a perfect weekend in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia for a trail race.
My report is now posted at NCULTRA
Personally it was beyond my expectations. As I was running the last mile feeling stronger than ever at the end of an ultra, I was thinking, what a gift from God this weekend was. I said aloud a prayer of thanks. Thanks for a healthy body that allows me to do this. Thanks for a beautiful day in such a glorious place. Thanks for David Horton and all the dedicated volunteers for putting on this wonderful event. Thanks for a loving family thinking of me. And thanks for all the great friends and fellow runners waiting for me at the finish and still on the trail behind me.
What a feeling to cross that line and have so many people shake my hand and hug me as they offered their sincere congratulations. It doesn't get much better than to have the love and friendship of your peers.
With 267 starters there are too many friends and acquaintances to mention but there were a few special things that deserve attention. It was great to watch Tammy Gray finish her 1st 50K and then to see the scary looking blisters she had endured. Marie Lewis finished her 1st trail 50K. Until she went to Rocky Raccoon in February she had never run on a trail and this was her 2nd time on a trail. She had never seen anything like these steep, rocky trails. Johnny Raney kept his streak of finishing every Promise Land alive with a gutsy finish after having serious knee injuries the past couple of years. I met Johnny at my very 1st Ultra in 2002 and he has always been very supportive of my running.
I did exceed my goal for a course Pr by a long shot. I would have been very happy with a 7:30, so with my time of 7:11:52, I was overwhelmed. You can check out the photos here
Here is a link to a 6 minute video on you tube by Jeanne ?Craig and her husband.