Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

November 3, 2013

'Beautiful experience' for Compston

NASHVILLE, TENN. — Amy Compston exceeded even her own high expectations in Saturday’s Ultra Marathon 50-mile race.

The 29-year-old marathoner — and the Amy behind the Amy for Africa mission effort — finished second among female runners in a time of 7 hours, 36 minutes and 14 seconds. Her goal for the 50-mile race was to finish in under nine hours. She maintained a 9-minute per mile pace throughout the race, averaging 9:07 for the 50 miles.

There were 105 runners participating, including 30 female, on a cool fall day.

With the help of her husband Chris, who ran 12 of the last 14 miles with her, she accomplished the goal with room to spare.

She said the support of Chris and her family and friends who made the trip to Nashville made all the difference. They greeted her at several aid stations with loud cheers and a large Amy for Africa banner that her brother, Andy, brought to the race. The group became a favorite for all the runners who received encouraging cheers, too.

“It was something I looked forward to every mile,” she said of the greeting. “I could see my pace pick up when I could see them and hear them. It was such a blessing.”

Compston has been training for her first Ultra Marathon since signing up after returning from the Boston Marathon in April. She also dedicated herself to run for missions in Moyo, Uganda, and spoke at several area churches, civic groups, jails and recovery groups in the area over the last five months.

The mission (amyforafrica.com) raised $41,916 during that same five-month period as Compston shared not only about her running and competing in this year’s tragedy-marred Boston Marathon but her recovery from 14 years of drug and alcohol addictions. She credits the recovery to surrendering her life fully to God last July.

On race day, she was a determined woman, said her husband Chris. “Her strength, I can’t get over it. She just never slowed down.”

Compston said she received a mental boost when Chris joined her at mile 36. The longest she had ever run before Saturday was 31 miles.

“When I was out there I really wanted first but I’ll take second,” Amy said. “I can’t tell you how many times out there I said ‘Praise the Lord!’”

She also found herself singing church hymns or repeating memorized Bible verses when negative thoughts would enter her mind. Her husband wasn’t planning on running a half-marathon but he found himself singing “Amazing Grace” with Amy on the run when things got tough.

“When I felt cramps come on I started quoting scripture and then started singing ‘Amazing Grace,’” he said. “The cramps went away so I think it made a difference.”

Amy said the advice of professional runners, especially Eric Grossman who advised her via email in her training, was a definite advantage.

“The advice the pros gave me was awesome, especially the nutritional advice,” she said.

Compston said she felt empowered throughout the race and even prayed for a shower for the last 10 miles — and it rained.

“It was really amazing, a beautiful experience,” she said. “The race itself was hard but I never hit the wall, so to speak. It never happened. I might have gotten a little delusional. A siren went off once and I thought it was my sister Traci (Vazquez) screaming.”

Compston said she will “take a few weeks off” before starting preparation for the 2014 Boston Marathon.

MARK MAYNARD can be reached at mmaynard@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2648.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0420chattin0397.jpg Pole vaulters conquer wind in Chattin

    For obvious reasons, pole vaulting records and windy conditions don’t go together.
    Raceland’s Connor Messer and Fairview’s Morgan McIntyre raised the bar anyway at Saturday’s Ernie Chattin Memorial Invitational.
    Despite a windy challenge — especially for Messer — on the hilltop at Ashland Athletic Complex, both athletes set new pole vault marks for the 11-year-old meet and received Outstanding Performance awards.

    April 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • 0415eastSB0170 copy.jpg Stock soaring for East eighth-grader Fouts

    With a name like Montana, you just have to go big.
    Six-foot eighth-grader Montana Fouts isn't a big talker, but when it comes to the business of softball, her skills convey a loud and clear message.
    The East Carter pitcher is making herself a can't-pass-up commodity with her flawless throwing form and sizzling speed.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lewis snaps 4-game skid, beats Ashland, 2-1

    Question: What four-game Lewis County losing streak?

    Answer: the one the Lions snapped Saturday by knocking off visiting Ashland, 2-0, in the third annual Lewis County Autism Awareness game.

    April 20, 2014

  • HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Hensley fires 2nd no-no in 2 days, Kittens split

    Ashland junior Megan Hensley no-hit Portsmouth West on Saturday, one day after dealing a perfect game, as the Kittens beat the Lady Senators 16-0 in five innings at the Valley of Thunder at Symmes Valley.

    April 19, 2014

  • west.JPG Streak snapped: Comets end 40-game losing streak to Raiders

    Nineteen years and 40 games between East Carter and West Carter have passed since the Comets have beaten the Raiders.
    Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” was the No. 1 song the last time West got a win over East.
    The visiting Comets ended almost 20 years of futility against the Raiders in dominating fashion on Friday night, defeating East Carter, 8-0.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Williams steps down as Lady Vikings coach

    Jen Williams did not make this decision lightly.

    April 19, 2014

  • HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Hensley spins perfect game

    Ashland’s Megan Hensley fired a perfect game and drove in the only runs of the game with a two-run homer as the Kittens topped Upper Arlington (Ohio) 2-0 in the Valley of Thunder at Symmes Valley on Friday night.

    April 19, 2014

  • 0418ashlandBB0268.jpg One-run fun: Ashland on smiling side of close game vs. East

    After opening the season with a 2-1 victory, Ashland has had a hard time cracking the close game code.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0418_Ash_vs_JC_0003.JPG Hensley rises, fires as Kittens win big

    Johnson Central softball coach Jason Hurt’s already high opinion of Ashland junior Megan Hensley rose to another level Thursday night.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041714_29a.jpg Diller, Mackie spark Raceland

    It is time for the 16th Region to take notice of the Raceland softball team.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos