Running My Fastest 100 Mile Ultramarathon
A Memoir by Ambassador Sam Brandt
The Blackbeard’s Revenge 100 in Outer Banks, NC was my third 100-mile ultramarathon. When running races at this distance, I’m usually happy to just make it to the finish line; however, for this race I set a goal to run my fastest 100-mile race ever!
Around mile 35, pressure began to build on the top of my foot. So, I called my wife to bring my other pair of shoes. I tied the laces super loose to keep as much pressure off of the top of my right foot as possible. You’re probably wondering if I questioned if I would be able to make it to the finish line? Yes, I did—and then I over-powered that inner voice in my mind by reassuring myself that no matter the pain, I will cross that finish line.
Just like any victory in life, you will experience highs and lows throughout the journey, but never be discouraged by the low points!
From mile 50 to 75 I kept a consistent pace, but I was searching for a new race strategy that would give my legs a break without comprising my time. At mile 78 I met two other runners, let’s call them A and L. L was a pacer for A and they invited me to follow their strategy of running for 3 minutes and walking for two minutes.
Using this strategy helped me finish third-place overall in a time of 21 hours and 58 minutes. There were three key components that were pivotal in my success for this race:
Always praise God for the strength to run;
My wonderful wife Lovely Laryssa crewing me the whole race; and
A and L’s race strategy.
In a few weeks I’ll be launching my campaign to fight human trafficking. This is a cause I am passionate about: fighting to restore freedom and dignity to women and men impacted by this immense injustice!
According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year! Worse, 80% of those are women.
The fight against human trafficking doesn’t get the media attention or financial resources it deserves. That’s why on December 7th, 2019 I will be running the Tucson Marathon in handcuffs to raise money and awareness for the fight against human trafficking.