Sounds like you "get it"! Yes, ultras are a blast from start to finish (although there are a few that I'd recommend avoiding)! It's all about a bunch of like minded people needing to get their endurance workout fix in the woods and have a great port-run celebration. I recommend that if you look for future events that you consider the Horton/Zealand events (Holiday Lake 50K, Terrapin Mtn 50K, Promise land 50K in Feb, March and April). Should I let you know when we head out to the mountains for training runs?
This year is out for me. I've got a half marathon the week after and a 50K the week following that. However, next year should work out. I'm planning to do the Beast Series, and the Grindstone 100 miler would be 3-weeks post-Stumpy's! Good tune-up. So yes, count me in. Put it on your calendar. The logistics are to drive up Saturday afternoon, hotel it over near the university, a short drive out and run in the morning, and then home by the early evening. It's a good mental health fat-ass, and the Trail Dawgs are a fun bunch! Sorry that the Keys didn't work out for me. Could only be a blast!
hello! i saw the email that you posted to fb, however, i can not access fb from this terminal. but i see that you queried about Stumpy's Trail Marathon. yes, it is a wonderful event. it is a fat-ass, which means $0 entry fee. there are no fully-stocked aid stations, but the course is marked and fluid and minimal food items are at the aid stations, some of which are unmanned. the course is really nice. It takes in two starts and a Mason-Dixon Line monument. the trail dawgs (sponsoring club) is a great bunch. i did it as a training run 2 years. one of the two we went to a birthday party for Stumpy, which was a blast. and they have great post-run burgers, beverages, etc. well worth the trip. it takes place the sunday adter labor day weekend. it gets my two thumbs up! call or post if you have other questions, etc.
You are inspiration to run the long distances of the marathon and also to support such an important and wonderful cause. Good luck to you! You are truly beautiful angel of kindness and a gem in this world.
I may be running in the Carytown area sometime in December, so I hope to run into you like last time. My shoes are worn out so I will go to Roadrunners store after running.
As for Thanksgiving, I did not do the Turkey Trot, though I know it was so much fun! I had a quiet morning with the family and cooking up a feast!
I am going to probably do some runs this spring. Hope to run with you soon. You are such a fantastic and good person always, Katherine! Take care and see you soon!