What Am I Getting Myself Into? Thoughts Going into my first 24-Hour Race - the Delirium 24-Hour Ultra
Do you ever have those times when you're drinking some form of alcohol - whether it's wine, beer, or liquor - and you hit that "I am invincible" stage where you're not quite drunk yet, but you're definitely beyond buzzed? That's where I was at when I decided to sign up for the Delirium 24-Hour Ultra. I remember it clear as day now. It was my Thanksgiving break and I was sitting in a cabin in Hiawasee, GA, enjoying several glasses of red wine, reading statuses on Facebook when someone started a thread regarding signing up for Delirium. Delirium is a 6-, 12-, or 24-hour run along a 1.7-mile loop in the woods in Ridgeland, SC and is put on by Tim Waz's Lowcountry Ultras. All these Facebook comments had me hyped up about this crazy race and before I knew it, I pulled out my credit card and registered. The next day I woke up with a realization that I am terrified of the dark and I'm going to be in the woods. Will there be other runners near me on the course so I'll feel safe? Also - the last time I stayed up an entire 24 hours was when I was in middle school, during summer break, chugging down can after can of Mountain Dew and watching MTV music video countdowns, Headbangers Ball, MTV Raps, re-runs of the Grind, and Beavis & Butthead. Who is going to entertain me for a solid 24 hours and do I need to pack some Mountain Dew?!
I've been nervous about this damn race since the day after I signed up for it. I've been asking what I think are stupid questions, like - do I need to pack a sleeping bag? Oh wait, I have to stay up for the entire 24 hours? We don't get to take naps? Huh? What...the...hell...was I THINKING?!
I haven't packed yet. I do, however, have a list of what to pack, which I'll tackle tomorrow. I think packing is making me more anxious than the race itself. It's Thursday night and the race weekend is finally here. My nerves are better. After weeks of fretting and letting my anxiety take over, I've decided - eh - just go with it. Do what you can do. See what you can do - maybe I'll surprise myself. Last year, I did 50 miles in 11.5 hours at Chase the Sun so I know I have the ability to do 50. I guess my only goal is to surpass 50 and see just how much I can get accomplished in 24 hours. I know I won't hit 100 since this will be my first long distance run (and already a PR in the books), but I'd love to see just how many I can crank out because one day I'm going to get a damn belt buckle and finish my tattoo (I saved a spot on my tattoo for "100"). At least this will give me an idea of what to expect for when I do try and get a 100-miler accomplished.
So, here we go! I'll report to you all how I feel once this race is under my belt. Good night!
If you look up the idiom "on-the-run", it means to constantly travel or moving from place to place. Welcome to my life! I get asked the question - "Do you ever sleep?" at least once a week. The truth is - I am always on the run. My weeks are filled with work, training runs, dropping kids off to school and extra curricular activities, traveling out-of-town for races and soccer games, theatre rehearsals, civic duties - you name it. In addition to being an avid runner, I'm a happily married wife, mother of two, an actress, singer, a Fleet Feet CREW coach, and work full time as the Marketing Manager for Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co. I love being on the run!