Last Saturday, March 21st, Robbie ran his second ultra of the year. He is signed up for the Lynchburg Ultra Series, and this is the second race in it. Terrapin is the 50k Robbie missed last year, so he was excited to be able to run it for the first time.
March hasn’t been a great month for us as we have both been feeling bad for most of it. Robbie started feeling bad and had some sort of allergies or infection that clogged up his ears and made him feel awful for weeks. He had to miss a race, and was barely able to train. Then we went to Florida for vacation and he ran a few times, but there are no hills in Florida, which is what he really needed since he was training for Terrapin, a race with 7,000 feet of elevation. He went into this race very under trained, but with no time goal, and just wanting to enjoy his day and finish the race. I’m really happy that he has this mindset, I love seeing how much he enjoys running. I was just crossing my fingers that he wouldn’t have any knee pain or leg problems like he did around this time last year.
Race morning we got up at 4 and left for the Sedalia Center by 5. It was practically sleeping in for race day! It was a little chilly at the start of the race, but perfect running conditions! We got there in plenty of time for check in, and headed back to the car for a few minutes while Robbie got all of his stuff together.
As I headed back home, I snapped this shot of the mountains. I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again – I freakin love Virginia. The views are just crazy, like something out of a calendar. I’m in love with mountains and I always will be.
While Robbie was running, I headed back home for a few hours, since it’s only a 40 minute drive. I was glad the race was so close, because it allowed me to go back home and take care of the dogs and cats so that we didn’t have to worry about it before the race. I also packed Robbie a sandwich and orange for after the race.
I headed back to the race at 12, and got there a little before 1. The weather was just perfect.
Robbie with the race director, Clark Zealand.
After the race, I picked up some of this raw coconut water from fresh market for him, to naturally replace some electrolytes. It was insanely good, we picked up more the next day! This is definitely going to be his post race drink from now on!