“This is the story of the day, January 5, 2020, I unintentionally became an ultra marathoner. My longest race to date had been a marathon. I completed the NYC Marathon in November 2019 and had been taking time after that race for rest and recovery. In January 2020, I felt ready and recovered from running NYC to start training for a local February half marathon. I was building up mileage and decided to use a local 6-hour ultra race (Vista View 360 Ultra Marathon & Relay) as a training run. This race is held annually at a somewhat hilly park. One loop is 1.24 miles. My intent was to only run 16 miles (13 laps). I was excited to finally take part. I started the race and felt amazing after 10 loops (12.4 miles). I reasoned that I felt good enough to complete another 10 (24.8 total miles). Once I got to 20 loops, I talked myself into running 22 loops (27.28 miles) to receive the special ultra belt buckle. Finally, I reasoned that I should go for 30 miles, a new distance record. I completed a total of 32.24 miles (26 laps) that day. I surprised and amazed myself. I found a new mental strength I never knew was there. Best thing is my adult son was there to witness and share this accomplishment. Little did I know that COVID would bring life to a halt and all my 2020 marathons would be canceled. What a gift I’ll forever hold dear.” —Asya C., Vista View Park, Davie, FL
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