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Forget the PR

My girlfriend is an ultra marathoner.

What does that mean? Well, for the past year and a half, my girlfriend, Sam, has been running races that are longer than 26.2 miles. Any race that is longer than 26.2 is considered an ultra marathon, with common distances being 50k, 50 miles, 100k, and 100 miles (yikes). Sam’s finished every race that she’s started, which in the past year has been two 50ks and one 50 miler.

To kick off the season this year, Sam ran the “Forget the PR” 50k in Loudonville, Ohio, which was where she ran her very first ultra last year. This year, though, we brought along a few of our running buddies from November Project, Amina and Rosa.

Being familiar with the course, as well as her biggest fan, I spent my day darting between checkpoints to support her, delivering food, hydration, clothes, etc., and snapping a few photos along the way. Wanting to stay lightweight so I could run in to the woods unencumbered and go easy on my body — I was scheduled to run the Boston Marathon the week after — I decided to challenge myself by shooting with just a 50mm lens.

After 31 miles, 4,200 feet of elevation and 8 hours, 14 minutes and 33 seconds later for Sam, these are some of the photos I came back with.

4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

 (Kelvin Ma)

4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

I thought it would be a good idea to do some “before and after” portraits to show how much work these badass ladies would be putting their bodies through. I don’t know about you, but I think they looked even better after the race. Amazing!

Sam:
4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

Amina:
4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

Rosa:
4/11/15 — LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — Forget the PR 50k Ultramarathon (Kelvin Ma)

My First Final Four

03/21/2014- Stevens Point, Wisc. -  Emma Roberson, A16, and the rest of the Tufts women's basketball game walk through the curtain into the Quandt Fieldhouse to face FDU-Florham in their NCAA Division III Women's Final Four game on Mar. 21, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

I spent quite a bit of time on the road in Wisconsin last week, thanks to a historic run to the NCAA Division III Final Four by the Tufts women’s basketball team. Having covered this team for the past few years, and seeing them knocking on the door for quite some time now, it was an honor to get the chance to tag along with them as they made it further in the tournament than any other team in school history.

03/19/2014- Stevens Point, Wisc. - The women's basketball team crams in to a photo booth during the team social event for the NCAA Division III Women's Final Four on Mar. 19, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/19/2014- Stevens Point, Wisc. – The women's basketball team crams in to a photo booth during the team social event for the NCAA Division III Women's Final Four on Mar. 19, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

I approached the coverage like a road diary for the team, chronicling everything that they did behind the scenes in addition to the game action. Unfortunately, the team’s first ever trip to the Final Four didn’t go their way as they lost to eventual-national champions FDU-Florham in the first game, but it clearly didn’t seem to phase these remarkable women as the seniors ended their careers by having a blast in the consolation game.

03/22/2014- Stevens Point, Wisc. - Tufts guard Liz Moynihan, A14, jokes around with teammates with the NCAA fourth-place trophy after their 72-54 loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater in the NCAA Division III Women's Final Four consolation game at Quandt Fieldhouse on Mar. 22, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/22/2014- Stevens Point, Wisc. – Tufts guard Liz Moynihan, A14, jokes around with teammates with the NCAA fourth-place trophy after their 72-54 loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater in the NCAA Division III Women's Final Four consolation game at Quandt Fieldhouse on Mar. 22, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

It was an exhausting trip, with 5-straight 16 or longer-hour days, but hopefully I’ll be able to get enough rest to do it again next season!

To get a complete chronicle of everything that went down in Stevens Point, check out the Tufts women’s basketball page over at Tufts Athletics, or take a look at a slightly condensed gallery of my time in Wisconsin below.


2014 Tufts Women’s Basketball Final Four – Images by Kelvin Ma

NESCAC Champions!

It’s been a long time coming for the Tufts women’s basketball team. Despite more than a decade of dominance at or near the top of NESCAC and the national scene, the women’s team finally captured the elusive conference championship last Sunday afternoon.

What I like most about covering this team is their aggressive defensive style, which leads to a lot of downcourt turnovers and plays on the ground. It’s pretty different than a lot of the basketball I typically shoot in the men’s college and pro game, so I’m going heavier on that in this blog edit.

I’m psyched to be back in action this weekend as Tufts hosts the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament!

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts forward Ali Rocchi, A14, jumps into the arms of Tufts center Hayley Kanner, A15, after Tufts' 62-46 NESCAC Championship game win over Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. It is Tufts' first ever NESCAC Championship. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts forward Ali Rocchi, A14, jumps into the arms of Tufts center Hayley Kanner, A15, after Tufts' 62-46 NESCAC Championship game win over Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. It is Tufts' first ever NESCAC Championship. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts guard Caitlin McClure, A14, tries to dive in on Amherst's Savannah Holness in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts guard Caitlin McClure, A14, tries to dive in on Amherst's Savannah Holness in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts guard Caitlin McClure, A14, beats out Amherst's Marley Giddins for a rebound in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts guard Caitlin McClure, A14, beats out Amherst's Marley Giddins for a rebound in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts forward Ali Rocchi, A14, gets knocked over by Amherst's Jaimie Renner in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts forward Ali Rocchi, A14, gets knocked over by Amherst's Jaimie Renner in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts fans hold up cardboard cutouts of the women's basketball team in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game against Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts hold up cardboard cutouts of the women's basketball team in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game against Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts head coach Carla Berube cuts down the net following Tufts' 62-46 NESCAC Championship game win over Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. It is Tufts' first ever NESCAC Championship. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts head coach Carla Berube cuts down the net following Tufts' 62-46 NESCAC Championship game win over Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. It is Tufts' first ever NESCAC Championship. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

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