This time last year, I knew nothing about ultra running. I’m not even sure I knew it was a thing. I knew there were people that ran marathons, but I had no clue about ultra running. My boyfriend told me when we first started dating that he was training for his first ultra. I thought he was a little nutty, but I was excited to support him at his first big race. Last year’s Holiday Lake 50k had 8 inches of snow on the course. Talk about a hard race for your first ever ultra! Robbie jumped straight from half marathon to ultra, and it wasn’t until last summer that he ran his first marathon. After I saw how happy he was finishing his first ultra in 8 inches of snow, I knew that running would always be a part of our lives.
This year, he ran Holiday Lake for the second time, and the first since we’ve been married. I am so happy that I’ve been able to go to all of Robbie’s races and be there to support him. I can’t wait to look back 10 or 20 years from now and have all these memories. I love taking pictures at all his races.
There was no snow on the course this year, so Robbie was excited to set a new personal record. He knew that he would be able to run it a lot faster. He ended up beating his time last year by 1 hour and 10 minutes!
My favorite part about this 50k is that I get to see him at the turnaround which is the half way point. While I was waiting to see him, I read Food Babe’s book so that I could do the review for my blog. It is such a good book, I highly recommend it!
Although there was snow on the course, this year’s race was a lot colder than last year’s. I encourage Robbie to wear his windbreaker and I was glad he ended up taking it. He wore it the whole race and didn’t get too hot.
At the turnaround I had gels and part of a candy bar to hand him. I got a quick hug and kiss and watched him run off to the last half of the race.
I headed back to the car to relax and eat some before going to the finish to watch the runners come in.
Robbie got a picture with David Horton before we left. Horton is one of the main reasons he got into ultra running!
Well that’s the 2nd Holiday Lake 50k in the books for Robbie. I love his passion for running and I love being there to support him. Here’s to many more ultras by your side babe!