Pam Mooty, one of our friends from UTM partner New City Church, is an ultra-distance runner. She runs ultra-marathons, which are long distance races that go way beyond the standard 26.2 miles and test the limit of endurance at a whole new level. Since Pam will be raising money for UTM through her next big ultra-marathon, we decided to ask her a few questions…..
How did you get into running ultra-marathons?
I have been running for the last 5-6 years and decided that I wanted more than the marathon. I realized I enjoyed running longer and not having to be super fast. So last year, I decided to try my first ultra-distance and complete a double marathon (52.4 miles). As last year was coming to an end, I decided I liked what the ultra-distance was all about. You go through hard spots where you think you cannot move and then you are moving along again. It is a soul searching experience.
What kind of training do you go through in order to build up strength to run an ultra-marathon?
It is a huge time commitment. It was years of running 5K’s, 10K’s and then marathons. Then it is year round training even when the weather isless than perfect. You cannot just blow the training miles off. It is running on hills, running on flat areas at a little faster pace, running on trails both easier and difficult terrain, running for hours to cover time on task. So yes, a lot of Saturdays where I am running twelve hours. Then the training of figuring out what best fuels you. So you try eating and drinking different things to find what best works for you. And for this race I have had to train carrying a pack with my own water and food. Prayer, praise, and worship is the icing on the training. I cannot train and get this strong on my own…….God is by my side along this crazy journey of ultra-running.
Describe the ultra-marathon in which you will be competing.
The middle of June, I will be participating in a race called the Desert R.A.T.S. (Race Against the Sand). This is a 148 mile 5 stage race on the Kokopelli Trail from Grand Junction CO, to Moab, UT. The days mileage goes in the following order: 20,39,9,52, and 26.2 miles.. We will have a crew that sets up and tears down our tents which are our sleeping accommodations for the duration of the race. They will also be providing a hot meal for supper and a breakfast each day. The terrain varies from mountainous to desert and the temps range from 95 to 110 in the mountains and the desert getting as high as 120 degrees. Each racer is required to carry 1000 calories of nutrition, 100 oz. Of water, a hunting knife, light jacket, emergency blanket and strobe, flashlight, and etc... http://geminiadventures.com/new/?page_id=130
You decided to raise money for UTM through sponsors for Desert R.A.T.S. Why did you choose UTM as your chosen organization?
I prayed for God to show me whom I would be running for. I did not want this race to be about me. And the organization that kept coming to mind was UTM. I have been honored to meet some awesome young people who through the work of UTM have definitely transformed their lives in ways only God can do.. God is working and using UTM to show people how they can turn their lives around. And not only are they changing, but they are in turn helping others to transform their lives. God is serious about his people. I feel honored to be able to go out and run this race and raise money to help advance the work of UTM…..
If someone wanted to sponsor you, let’s say, 1 dollar per mile, how would they go about it?
I would like to have some people each day sponsor me for the day at $1 a mile. Day 1 sponsors would sign up for $20 since I will be running 20 miles. Day 2 would be $39, etc...When you sign up, you can write a check directly to UTM. Or donate online at https://www.wepay.com/donations/ultra-distance-for-utm How awesome if some wanted to cover the entire run of 148 miles!