Last year I ran The North Face Endurance Challenge Championships 50-miler. I loved the race and wanted to do it again this year but it was on the same weekend as the California International Marathon. Since my goal for the year was to qualify for the Boston Marathon CIM won out over TNF.
Luckily Strava and The North Face teamed up to create The North Face Ultra Challenge. If I couldn’t run it in person the least I could do is be there in spirit. The challenge seemed easy enough. Just run 50k during the weekend of The North Face Endurance Challenge Championships in San Francisco, CA.
Since I was already going to be knocking out 26.2 at CIM all I needed was an extra five miles. Figuring I would run a little over 26.2 during the marathon and not wanting to overextend myself the day before the big race I logged an easy 4.7 miles on Saturday. I ended up getting 26.3 during my marathon on Sunday leaving me needing 0.07 miles! I was pretty spent after racing and then driving home from Sacramento and the last thing I wanted to do was go out for another run but I was so close! I went out that evening and did a super slow half mile which brought my total up to 51k. Challenge complete!