I run to feel complete, to feel alive, to feel happy, and to feel free. I run to visit beautiful places, to overcome my fears…and to remind myself, and others, that our limits may not be where we think they are.  -Chrissie Wellington

Experience: Blazing 7s Trail Run (50k)
People: Teamiam and Ultra Community
Place: Bellville, Texas
Time: September 30, 2017

I am humbled by what we can accomplish individually and collectively.
Obstacles create opportunities for creative problem solving and teamwork.
Courage grows when we want to take care of the person next to us.
Surround yourself with positive people who are doers and continue to inspire.

There is more to be discovered passed our limits.
It all starts with a commitment to train and work hard.
Curiosity ignites action.


I completed my first ultra marathon with amazing friends. Here are my notes to share since it helps me process the day better…

About Blazing 7s

The Blazing 7s Trail Runs is held at the beautiful 7iL ranch just outside of Bellville Texas. The ranch has been open for more than 5 generations and opened in 1999 for public use. The facility is over 1150 acres with water/electric and RV hookups as well. The course is a mix of single track, open meadow running and some small creek crossing along the property. The course is non technical trail and very soft footing. Great medals, free camping and TROT supported race.

3 Key Takeaways:

1. A brutal race for my first 50K trail ultra marathon

Obstacle Course: The course was described as a “non-technical” race. What does that really mean? Well let me tell you..it means you will be introduced to lots of sand dunes (minus the beach view), sticker plants (attacking all day long), impassable creek crossings (who even does that?) , cow/horse shit (calling out “poop! all day long), long horn cattle siting (thank god I didn’t see it), etc.

2. Love my Tailwind + EFS + hydration pack 

Nutrition: I mixed 1 scoop of EFS-PRO Drink  + 2 scoops of Tailwind (naked flavor) per 24 ounce bottle. One bottle lasted about 1.5 hours or so for me. I did not have to eat much at all. I also pre-mixed 4 packages and put them in my hydration pack.

Hydration Gear:HydraQuiver Double Barrel Hydration Pack helped me stay on top of my nutrition and hydration. Plenty of storage room and best of all no chafing. Looks kinda cool too!

Attire: Lululemon sports bra and speed shorts, Brooks running shoes, and visor felt comfortable the entire run. Super glad my husband gave me compression socks race morning, which helped make the high grassy areas and sticky plants more tolerable. Next time, I will test the compression socks that cover my ankle and legs.

Tips: Bring sunscreen, bug spray, extra socks and shoes in case you have to walk in muddy creeks. Race director Rob advised, do not leave the aid stations until you feel good. If not, you will set yourself up for a bad experience. Truth.

3. Misery loves company

Met a new friend named Rosa on the course, who was doing her second 25k. She thought we were crazy for doing a 50k on our first try, which in hindsight that would have been smarter, but l don’t think we would have done any different. =)  At some point during the race, there was caution tape on the ground, which we later learned it meant to pay attention and turn inward. Well our happy asses decided to go outward until we heard Rosa screaming for us to stop. Oh my gah, she saved us many extra miles that day. Thanks Rosa!

And can I tell you…all the volunteers at the aid station had to set up early race morning and some working multiple shifts until the following day. They were amazing people. I greatly appreciated their energy and support. Favorites on repeat: pickle juice, ice, lays chips, and trail mixes.

No one was left behind and we all finished before sunset. So many giggles as well as moments of silence along the way. This was a humbling experience of self determination and teamwork. The connections, stories, and adventures shared are what really matters. Stay humbled and kind.

Until the next adventure….

With gratitude,
Samantha

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