50 Mile Ultramarathon - Completed in FiveFingers
I know it sounds crazy, and maybe it is a little, but here's the deal:
As you know, on Monday the 17th I ran the Boston Marathon (see story and photos below). I was hoping that I would be able to recover in time to run a famous 50 mile ultramarathon on Saturday the 22nd.
I rode up to Palmdale with Scott Jurek and his wife Leah along with Brian Morrison. We all Indian food for dinner at a restaurant that Andy Kumeda and I found last year on our way up to Mt. Whitney. Hal Koerner and Ian Torrence joined us along with Luis Escobar and his friend. Great food and conversation.
These FiveFingers are tough. They got dirty, but the soles are looking new
Woke up a 4:30 am the next morning, got a ride with Luis Escobar and friend to the start line, and off I went at 6 am, 50 miles before me.
Well, to make a VERY long story short, I made it in a little over 11 hours. Naturally, I could have been fresher, my legs were still stiff from Boston from the very start, but I knew I had the energy and the will. Thanks to Xy Weiss for keeping me company for the last 20 miles. My unofficial time: 11:16:01
Please do not ask why I was unofficial in this race. It is too embarrassing.
I feel fine today. Thanks to FiveFingers my feet are fine too.
Best Regards, Barefoot Ted
PS. I needed to get an official 50 miler under my belt in order to qualify for the Angeles Crest 100 which I hope to do this year.