Literary Las Vegas: “Running Past Midnight: A Woman’s Ultra-Marathon Adventure”

“Running Past Midnight: A Woman’s Ultra-Marathon Adventure” is a first book for Molly Sheridan, a Las Vegas resident, written with Al Marquis. It details her foray into running ultramarathons, which can cover 150 miles. Sheridan holds the distinction of being the first American woman to have completed the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon in 120-degree heat. She also has run La Ultra — The High in northern India. It starts at an elevation of 14,000 feet and takes runners over two peaks — Khardung La and Tanglang La — which each rise to about 18,000 feet.

The book is available through her company, Desert Sky Adventures, at


Sometimes people just need a little encouragement. The mind keeps telling you that you can’t make it, but others can help turn that around. Sometimes runners need to fool themselves into believing that the pain will go away. We have to rise above the uncomfortable moments of blisters popping in our shoes and barf episodes. Runners often go full circle where we feel well and the blisters aren’t so bad, then we dip back into hell with hallucinations and surreal moments of pure agony. Sometimes my stomach knots into a spasm and I can’t eat or drink. That’s always the worst. If I don’t get fuel down, I’ll grow weak and stop. Get something down or fail.