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One and (Not) Done-Oil Creek 50k

Never in my wildest dreams, would I have thought I would be a trail runner.  I had no idea that such a thing even existed.  Beyond that, I could not even fathom the concept of being an ultra runner.  To quote Joseph Campbell, “You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you”.
I started as a triathlete.My very first race, of any kind, was a sprint tri on Grand Island.I did it for my dad.The man, whom all other men are compared to, was the one who taught me to swim, and to bike.Running, well, Dad wasn’t a runner. I had to learn that on my own.I ran in tribute to him. I expected it to be one and done.I took third place.I was not done.
I moved on to a 5k, just to try one.I won my age group.OMG!I WON my age group!Maybe, I should try another…
Eventually, I decided to try a marathon, because that’s a once in a lifetime thing.I did ok.I did another.I was 10 minutes off of a Boston Qualifying time.Those ten minutes changed everything.
I trained relentle…