Keys 50k-Third Overall Female!!by Dawn Lisenby on 06/08/19
What a day! No matter how many times I run this race I forget how unbearable the heat makes it. Maybe that’s part of why I keep coming back. LOL
I went out in the final wave for the 50k at 1:10 feeling inspired, ready to give it my all and see what my legs had in them. The cloud cover helped me to click off the early miles and run strong through the first 15. Then the SUN came out to play and gave me a reminder of what this race is all about.
In order not to overheat I had to slow my pace. Melissa McGinn worked tirelessly, and seamlessly, to keep me cool as I made my way to the finish line. She also kept me smiling, despite the self induced torture, and focused, when as luck would have it I had to battle to maintain my position the last 5 miles.
I can not tell you how good it felt to be able to stop running and learn that I had placed 3rd female, 12 th overall! This race holds such special meaning to me that to do so is really a dream, or I should say a long held goal, come true.
Thanks so much to my sponsors, whose products help me to attain the results I do. To my athletes for inspiring me with the GRIT you showed here this weekend, and all of you do always. My ultra friends for their cheering and belief in me. My family for your support and love. If this should be my last time running the Keys Ultra I could not have chosen a better ending.