I ran my first 50k in Charlotte, NC in October. The WC-50 consisted of either a 50k or 50 mile run through the woods. Having never ran any distance over a marathon, I chose to participate in the 50k which required that the racers run three laps around an 11 mile single track mountain bike course.


I signed up for the race months previous and had been training really hard.  My goal was simple: finish the race.  Little did I realize all of the wisdom I would gain during those 6 and a half hours.  If you have never ran a race before, I don’t care if it’s an ultra, a half marathon, a 5k, an obstacle race, or a fun run, my advice to you is to sign up.  Get outside and get running.  The world always looks a little brighter afterwards and you always learn some valuable lessons. Continue reading