Well we did it! We ran the Bourbon Chase…200 miles through rain, cold, little sleep, injuries, and LOTS OF HILLS! We started in Bardstown, KY and ended in Lexington, KY. Our total time was 31 hours and 30 minutes. I ran a total of 15.7 miles and Tim ran 19.5 miles. It was the most physically demanding thing I have ever done in my entire life (that includes giving birth to two children)!
I had originally put down that I would run a 10-minute mile but I was CLUELESS as to how hard running on hills would be. So I averaged an 11-minute mile pace. I did the best I could so I felt good with that, especially since I have never run more than a mile in my entire life that I can remember.
On my first leg I had two killer hills where I was at the bottom literally staring straight up in the air. Our van passed by me cheering me on and I watched it struggle up the hill and then disappear off what looked like a cliff from my perspective. So I struggled up the hill and the flew down so fast that I could not stop my legs even if I wanted to. My first leg was 5.6 miles with a difficult rating and I finished in 63 minutes. Here is my hubby finishing the last 100 meters of my first leg with me. My second leg was 5.8 miles with a rating of medium difficulty. It was at 4:30 a.m. It was pitch black so I wore a head lamp, a flashing LED light and a reflective vest. I felt really good and I never stopped once! It was like 100 times easier than my first leg. I felt encouraged and pumped after leg 2.
I was having pain on the top of my left foot during my recovery time. I still had one more leg left that was a 4.3 miler with an easy rating. I left around 2:30 p.m. and about a mile and a half into it I felt a pop in my right achilles. It was followed by immediate pain and every step was torture. At this point I am mentally breaking down. I felt like I had been running for like an hour and a half and I still hadn’t seen the “one mile to go” sign. I am playing every mental game in my head to try and make it to the finish line. I see two girls and through tears ask how much longer I had. They told me 100 meters. So with everything I ran towards the finish line and handed the baton off to the next runner and collapsed and burst into tears. Here I am coming down the home stretch.
It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I shared it with 11 of the most amazing people! I conquered something I never thought I could do and lived to tell.
My body is in complete revolt right now and my legs refuse to work properly. So I am taking it easy and put my running shoes aside for at least a week to get my body happy again. However, as much as I dislike running I think I am going to keep at it simply for the exercise and health of it. Will I do the Bourbon Chase next year? Ask me in about 6 months. If you need answer now I will pass, thank you very much.