John and I spent the weekend crewing for an ultra-marathon! Two of our friends were running their first 50+ mile race- Running with Scissors Double Marathon! Some of you readers may remember that I did the same race 3 years ago. So when my friend Kim told me she was interested in running it, first off I tried to convince her NOT to ;), but then I told her if she wanted to run it, I’d be there to support her! It was a very tiring, but SUCH a rewarding experience! Both our friends finished, and they did so well!
The morning started off pretty cool; around 40 degrees. The race begun at 6am, so it was still dark-headlamp conditions!
The course was a 13.1 mile loop that the runners did 4 times. In the 13.1 mile loop, there were 3 aid stations. They were each about 4.5 miles apart from each other on trail, but very close to each other via road. This made it super convenient for John and I to drive to each one and see our runners several times during the race! It also gave us a lot of downtime to enjoy the scenery!! When the sun first started to come up, we were waiting for our runners beside the lake, and it was so peaceful and beautiful!
I’d planned out with my friend Kim, to run with her during certain portions of the race; the last 4 miles of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd loops, and then the entire last loop. This put me at right around 26 miles of running for the day! It was really fun running portions of the race with Kim! I got to see the whole course, and experience a little of what she was going through. I also got to see the awesome scenery the course provided!
The race was called “running with scissors” because there is a point on each loop where you are supposed to cut out a page from a book to prove you went the distance each loop. The funny thing was though, Kim and I never noticed the book until the last loop because we were so distracted by the skeleton beside the book! On the last loop when we noticed it, Kim got all four pages taken care of. And we got a pic to document it!
Finally, just as the sun was beginning to go down, Kim finished her day-long adventure, and crossed the finish line! 52.4 miles!!! She is a beast, and I’m so proud and excited for her! She pressed on and stayed strong the whole day; very impressive!
It was so fun for me to be on the supporting side of a race! If you ever want to experience an ultra-marathon, but are unsure if you want to race one, I strongly suggest crewing for someone who’s running! It will be a very inspirational and rewarding experience! And no, this did not make me want to run the race again. Once is enough for me! (for now 😉 )