October has been a BIG month for GRIT ultra runners. The mileage has been increasing overall for our team as we get deep into the fall racing season. This month we had two runners attempt their first 100 milers! For this month, we are highlighting Revel, a mother of three and ultra runner.
Revel had her first 100 mile attempt on October 1st at Hennepin 100 in Sterling, Illinois. She unfortunately injured her knee and was unable to continue past mile 83. Regardless, she persisted past pain and running this race solo with no pacers. She had a good mental attitude all day and I have no doubt her next attempt, will be more successful as she learned a lot from this race. 83 miles is a huge deal and the farthest she has ran in a race to date. Here is Revel's interview:
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a stay a home mom with 3 kids ages 13, 11, and 9. And also my fur baby Ollie, who runs with me.
How did you get started on your running journey?
I had a very positive running experience in high school on the cross country & track teams. But then life happened and I didn’t run seriously again till I was 40. A friend told me about people who run a long time in the woods and I was introduced to ultras.
What keeps you motivated?
I love the freedom I feel while on a run. Being able to move my body on my own terms is such a gift.
Do you have a mantra or quote that you use when things get tough?
I don’t have a particular mantra but I do talk out loud to myself, saying things like “You’re okay”, “you’ve got this” and so on.
If you could give advice to any other athlete what would it be?
Be patient. Fitness, especially running, takes time. Enjoy the process!
What is your favorite workout so far in your training program?