InstaReplay: Antelope Island Classic 50K

Two weeks ago after the Pony Express 50 I got the ultra bug. Don’t get me wrong, it was tough — but, the recovery felt better than expected. Namely, I wasn’t dead and my legs didn’t fall off — two of my biggest worries going into the race.

Because of this I decided to up my registration for the Antelope Island race. I initially signed up for the half marathon THINKING that was what my legs and body could only handle after my 50. But, because I felt better than expected I contacted the race director and asked to up my registration to the 50K — which he did.

Besides getting the ultra bug, I just wanted some redemption from last year’s race. It was my first ultra and it really did almost kill me. The first 14 miles were just brutal for me. So I just wanted to do better than the previous year. Simple goal.

Anyways — I won’t give you the full race recap — that’s for later this week. But, I felt like I redeemed last year’s race. I didn’t die and my legs didn’t fall off, so — SUCCESS! But, I’ll fill in the blanks later, here are my pictures from the day …

Here it goes. Race #136, ultra #3 and pretty much the last race of the year for me. Might as well go out with a bang, right? Well, okay, with at least an epic distance. The legs feel ready, the mind is gearing up for the long miles and I’m just ready to experience what’s ahead of me. That’s how I like to approach my ultras and I’m learning its great mentality for life. We’re always going to have something ahead and behind us, but while dwell on the past when you can jump forward into the unknown? If ultras have taught me anything it’s take that jump, strive for that moment and seize it. There’s no better feeling being IN the moment of life. So here goes another adventure! Packed n’ ready! ANTELOPE ISLAND OR BUST, BABY! #race136 #antelopeisland50k #ultrarunning #running @joshruns180 @fight4phat

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Dez peeps. #race136 #antelopeisland50k #ultrarunning @joshruns180 @fight4phat

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The ants go marching one by one … #race136 #antelopeisland50k #ultrarunning @joshruns180 @fight4phat

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