Events: Ultra running
Taking her own advice, to "try the next step," 2004 USATF 100 km team member, Lucy Carr, moved from marathoning to ultradistance running. "I think that the satisfaction people used to get from completing a marathon, they can now experience by finishing a 100 km. Nothing is impossible."
Carr began running ultras five years ago when she realized that the 100 km is a recognized competitive distance. Living in France provides Carr exposure to 100 km racing. In Europe, the 100 km distance is more standard and there are more opportunities to race the distance, especially the traditional 100 km venue raced on roads. Carr ran her 100 km PR (8:34:15) in Catalina, Spain in 2003. She regards the 100 km as a "physical and mental test, yet still logical."
Carr runs ultradistance because she likes the freedom and it "disconnects me from my home, my children, my work." Carr is a kindergarten teacher living and working in France and is the mother of two young children. She believes that training for and running running ultra championships is "a good way to size yourself up against the strongest ultrarunners in the world. It keeps one from becoming lazy or forgetting one's goals." Being selected for the 2004 100 km team has given Carr "another reason to strive for my goals." As an American, Carr "feels lucky and proud to represent the U.S., especially on September 11th," the date of the 2004 100 km World Cup in Holland.