Fremont Fat Ass 50k
We had a great turn out for the Fremont Fat Ass 50k. (a FA is a race that has no fee, no aid, and no markings. There is no wimps or whining allowed.)
They are held all over the world in the month of January.
So today we put on one in Fremont. We had 22 runners show up and 20 finished the full deal.
I was running this not for me, but as a coach for my friend Michelle. I told her when she signed up to run it I would stay with her the whole way ,and I did.
I knew she would finish, even when she had a bad patch.
I was there to give Michelle whatever help she needed to reach the finish line 31 miles later.
I told her when to eat ,and drink. When to take a gel, and I even gave her electrolytes. I watched to make sure she wasn't suffering. She did awesome. I also had a goal of getting her to the finish in under 7 hours.
I was so focused on wanting her to succed.
I have been running ultras since 1998 and I have made many mistakes. I enjoy being the teacher and helping people so they don't have to suffer like I did so many years ago.
I didn't know any runners when I started running, I knew nothing and learned the hard way.
I want to share as much of my knowledge that I have learned through the years. I don't expect everyone to do everything I say, or use everything I use. I just figure take what you need, and use what you need with my advice.
Today was day 8 on the Master Cleanse and I felt awesome.
No solid food for 8 days and running a 50k. Hell, I didn't know what to expect, now I do.
I can tell others I ran a 50k on the MC and had great energy. Today I had more energy than I did all week.
Michelle was positive & that's what it takes to finish ultras. She learned there are lows, but hey they are always followed by highs.
One of my running idols Barb Elia ran with us from mile 18 to the finish. I want to be like Barb when I grow up and run like her.
The weather was a mix of fog, showers & sunshine. It was an awesome day.
Congratulations Michelle you ROCK! 6:47