Sorry for the delay on getting this up, I actually wrote this blog weeks ago & just never got around to adding the photos & actually posting, #blogfail.
We finished up March with a double race weekend! First up was the Ramblas Run Half Marathon. We ran this race last year and came back for the 2nd year.
This is a fun, but very challenging race in the hills of San Juan Capistrano. They offer a few distances, 5k, 10k & half marathon (it is a touch short, but like all trail races it’s either long or short depending on your watch ;)). The half marathon was $75 and included a bunch of swag.
We got nice light zippered long sleeve hoodies for the ladies, a medal & a logo’d glass.
The best part about this race is that it starts a little later, 8:45am, because it’s in a neighborhood. You aren’t even supposed to arrive until 8:10am so we didn’t have to leave San Diego until around 7am, which after the 2:30am wake-up for LA Marathon was amazing!
I got up, made some oatmeal in the instant pot, got ready and we were out the door by about 7:15a. There was no traffic on the way up so even with a last minute potty break we got to the start by 8:25ish.
We got our shirts & bibs. The bibs kind of matched the medals, they were a 3 color bib, which was cool even if it didn’t say the name of the event :).
I didn’t want to run back to the car to put the shirts inside so I just put them on the back of my pack. They were pretty light so it wasn’t a big deal.
We got in the line for the porta potties, which went pretty quick. We chatted with some friends while waiting which probably helped. My only complaint was that the spot where the bathrooms were was on downhill so went I got in, I really felt like it was going to flip backwards. It was a really uneasy feeling.
It only took about 2 more minutes and then we were ready to start. I know that the beginning of this race is pretty hilly & my legs were still pretty tired from all the races + 80 Day Obsession so I just took it easy.
The first mile or so went by really quick. I saw Kristina & Kat at the first aid station, I quickly gave them hugs before continuing on. We were almost to the single track which is a lot of fun! I was following this guy who was crushing it on the uphills! I was having to work really hard to keep up with him and by the time we got back to the aid station (it’s a little loop) I was breathing way too hard.
I took a quick stop to get an orange slice and then kept moving. Michelle asked me how I was doing and I responded I can’t get my heart rate down. Between the hills & the light humidity, I needed a little more time to get my breathing under control.
Kat got this photo of me coming into the 2nd aid 🙂
I hiked up the next hill and finally got my breathing under control and was able to run again. I came down a hill and saw Sean speeding down heading into the next section of the course.
As I was going around up to the flag pole, I was trying to get some water out of my gear vest. I had filled it that morning & could feel the liquid inside. I was getting a little concerned because it was brand new & I wasn’t able to get any liquid out. I didn’t want to stop so I kept moving until I got to the top by the flag pole. Then I took my pack off, and found that it was user error. I thought I had pushed the hose all the way into the bladder but it wasn’t all the way in. Finally I was able to get water out!
I took the next mile or so with a few other runners and then we started to climb so I just took this time to hike and run when I could. I felt a bit stronger than last year, but this section felt a lot longer than I remembered.
Finally we were heading down the hill to the turn around aid station. I saw Inna & her kids down there, got a few orange slices & a touch more water and then headed up. I hiked the whole way up. I could see my friend Helen ahead of me as I was heading up. I just kept her in my sights and did my thing.
I could definitely feel all the race miles & glute work as we were climbing, more & more. But I felt like I was able to run more of this section than I did last year.
Finally we were coming up on the final aid station. I grabbed an orange slice & just power hiked the last hill, ran, hiked, and finally we were coming into the finish. I was right behind Helen now and as I was coming up to her I was like come on, let’s finish this! So for the second year in a row, we finished the race together, this year about 3 minutes faster than last year ;).
After the race, we grabbed little acai bowl samples, water, our medals, chatted with Sarah, the race director & Kristina. We got a few photos and then it was time to drive home. Which is the worst part of the whole day, it took us just over an hour to get there but almost 3 to get home :(.
But traffic aside, this is one of my favorite SoCal half marathons. It’s fun, it’s challenging, it’s relatively short, we see loads of friends and Sarah does an amazing job.
I would definitely recommend this race & I look forward to going back again in 2019. Maybe Helen & I will make our photo finish a tradition ;).
Third in line this month was one of my favorite marathons, the Los Angeles Marathon! This was my 4th year running it and Sean’s 7th so we were both #LALoyal!
Since this is my 4th year running LA, I’ve recapped this race a lot. If you are interested in reading all about LA, you can read 2015, 2016 and 2017‘s recaps.
But let’s get to this year.
We left for the expo a little later than I would have liked around 10:30/11am, stopped at Plant Power in Encinitas for lunch and finally got to the expo around 2pm. We walked around for a short time, got some photos, etc.
LA Marathon started a new program called LA Loyal which means that if you have run the race at least one time and continue to run the race in consecutive years, you become a part of their legacy program.
If you were in the between year 2 – 4 you got a special LA Loyal Bib, if you were between 5 – 9 years, you got a special LA Loyal T-shirt & a mug (although they ran out of mugs by the time we got to the expo). If were 10 or more you got all of these things plus more & a special medal that looks like the first LA Marathon medal at the finish.
I like loyalty programs and I think this is a nice addition to the race.
Another thing I did this year was pre-purchase the marathonfoto bundle. They had a sale for $20 off for LA Marathon and then because it was St. Patrick’s Day weekend, I was able to get an additional 20% off so it ended up being around $42, less than the normal cost of 2 photos.
We stayed with Sean’s sister again for the race so we didn’t have to get a hotel. We had a pre-race meal at True Food, Sean & I split a rice bowl & a vegan pizza. Yummy!
We headed back to their house, got our clothes set up, with a 4:00am shuttle to Dodger’s stadium, we were going to have to get up early. I like to do Flat Jenny’s not necessarily for the photo but because it means I’ve got everything set for the race & then I don’t have to search for anything early in the morning.
I bought us parking in Santa Monica again for $20 & we signed up for the 4:00am shuttle. This year, the shuttles were 100% better than last year. They had everything organized and the volunteers were on point!
We got to Dodger’s stadium pretty quickly and it was freezing!!! We didn’t have any issues with our shuttle getting to the stadium. Although, Sean was wishing we had a blanket like some of the other runners, lol.
After about an hour, give or take, in the stadium we headed out to hit up the port-a-potties. There were bathrooms in the ball park, but the lines were ridiculous & I didn’t want to miss getting to drop my finish line bag. They said the bags had to be dropped by 6:30am.
We headed out towards bag drop and got in line for the port-a-potties, by this time the lines were pretty long and after waiting in a line that never moved, it was almost 6:30. I told Sean that I was going to the gear check and then headed over. The gear check lines were soooo long. For next year, this would be something that they need to work on. I saw lines that were 2/3x longer than the port-a-pottie lines. I don’t know exactly what was going on with them.
After I dropped by bag, I ended up not being able to find Sean again before the race started. He was in Corral A & I was in Corral E.
But I did run into my friend Almi, who went on to crush it and run a sub 4 hour race! So proud of her!
Anyways, I made it to my corral & never got a chance to use the bathroom, I wish they had port-a-potties inside the corrals, but unfortunately they don’t.
A few minutes after I got there they sent the Elite women off and then all the corrals got pushed up. I’m not sure why I forgot this from the last 4 years, but basically there was so much room in the corrals that I was up with the C corral folks by the time I started the race.
I headed out, just wanting to survive this race. After the last 2 weeks of half marathons and starting 80 Day Obsession, my butt was a little sore, although I wasn’t upset about that because it meant that my glutes were finally firing! and my legs were tired.
I did have to hit up the first set of port-a-potties since I missed the pre-race bathroom stop. Fortunately there wasn’t too long of a line so I didn’t lose much time. After this I just worked on keeping my breathing & heart rate under control and just cruised along through Chinatown and up to the Disney Concert Hall. My favorite band of the whole race are the Japanese drummers, I always walk up this hill, I’d like to say just to listen to them, but it’s a pretty steep hill ;).
We made our way over towards the Chili Dog Station, which is so fun. I don’t think that they have a vegan version, lol, and it’s still way too early in the race, but I always love seeing them out there. I did see another Orange Mud ambassador & his friend out there eating one while running!
When I got to Mann’s Chinese Theater I was struggling a little with tummy troubles, but we still had over half the race to go so a minute or two of walking and then I was running again.
Right as we were approaching Beverly Hills around mile 16 the 4:15 pace group caught up with me. I was trying to stick with them for as long as I could, which would be through BH. I could see them through mile 20 and then they took off up the hill lol.
I did my best to run as much as possible during this race & I really succeeded. I pushed as hard as I could and while towards the end, I really struggled with a lack of calories, I got to that finish line and managed to be within seconds of my PR. At the time I really thought I had PR’d but after looking at the official results I was just over.
The last three miles, which are normally some of the funnest for me because we are going downhill & almost to the finish, where a serious struggle this year. Due to my lack of calories and probably the first week of 80 day obession, my calves were really cramping and my fingers were starting to tingle again.
I pushed so hard to get to that finish line. The last 3 miles, which were not fast, but I managed to run pretty much every step. I was so close to a PR, I had to try for it.
I finally got there hands up, smile on my face, sorry to the girl behind me for blocking your face, I had no idea you were right there. And as soon as I stopped running, the hurt set in.
I was in a lot of discomfort immediately after the race. I was hungry & sore but you have to keep moving. I got my medal, put it on for a photo and then immediately took it off. I love the LA Marathon medals, but they are super heavy and after a race, I can’t always handle having it around my neck.
I started getting texts from Sean & made my way over to him. Grabbing a few snacks on the way. I think I mentioned this last race, but being vegan, you have to really look at the post race food options. This race has always been someone lacking in my opinion in post race food, with fish pretzels, animal crackers, bagels & bananas. I grabbed a banana & some animal crackers & made my way to find Sean.
I found him & we got my gear bag. We made our way to the port-a-potties to get changed and then made our way to the Santa Monica pier where we got some french fries & a coke to refuel before some photos.
All in all, it was a great race, my fastest time on this course, beautiful, runable weather, awesome spectator support & volunteers.
It’s been months since I’ve even come on here. 2017 was an interesting year. It started out continuing on the high from 2016 and then my hamstring tendonitis brought my year to a halt. After taking a little break, I lost my run motivation and got into a bit of a funk.
I wanted to recap how things went as far as my goals for the year. Most of them were put to the wayside with my injury, but I’m interested to see if I achieved any of the others.
Drinking more water is always a goal, I think I did ok on this but it’s always a work in progress.
Strength Training – I did work on this a lot this year and with the help of Crystal Seaver I think I really did well on this one, once I got the go ahead from PT.
Hill Training – This one didn’t really happen. My injury meant that it was painful climbing so I didn’t do nearly as much as I would have liked.
Speed work – Again, my injury was aggravated by speed so that kind of went to the way side as well. I have done a few speedier workouts in the last month or so and felt decent.
Run streak – That was dropped around 140 days and it might work for Sean and other runner streakers, but running every day doesn’t work for me or my hamstrings. I won’t be starting another one.
Mileage: I wanted to run 2,000 miles in 2017 and I fell very short, I only got about 1,150 for 2017. With my injury and my lack of motivation, I had a hard time getting myself out the door.
Long Run Nutrition – Still a work in progress. I have found that I really like a mix of Skratch Labs & Carbo Pro. I’m still working on this and since I didn’t do a lot of long runs this year, I didn’t really have much time to practice ;).
Eat smaller meals – I don’t know that I succeeded at this, but after a lot of bloating and stomach pain this year, I finally in November made the decision that something needed to change. I’ve been transitioning to a vegan diet, specifically eliminating all dairy & eggs from my diet. It’s been helping a lot and I’m looking forward to keeping it up in 2018.
Eat More Vegetables – This I did work on a lot. I still don’t love salad, but I’m working on it.
A speedy marathon – Yeah, this didn’t happen, although I am really happy that I had 2 decent races at SF Marathon & then in Chicago with barely any training. Not recommended but it worked for me.
Even though 2017 didn’t go exactly as planned, it wasn’t all bad. I still managed to run or walk 15 races, a 10k, a 30k, a 35k, 5 Half Marathons, 4 Marathons & 3 50ks. I volunteered at a bunch of races in the spring & summer.
I supported Sean at a bunch of races this summer including his “perfect” race at Tahoe 200 that resulted in a course record & huge course PR for him.
I went to Maine, on my first trip to the Northeast, for a fabulous retreat & met a bunch of amazing women. We adventured around Vancouver & Kauai and spent a lot of time out on trails. All in all, even though it wasn’t the year I wanted, it was a pretty incredible year.
What were the highlights of your 2017? Did you achieve your goals?
SeaWheeze…I’ve had the opportunity to run SeaWheeze 3 times. I was one of the lucky people to run in the inaugural year & then I went back and got those amazing plaid shorts in 2013 (still one of my favorite pairs). In case you don’t know, SeaWheeze is put on by Lululemon and takes place in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia. It was my first international race back in 2012 and is a great event.
I was one of the lucky people to get a photo on Facebook at the first race, they don’t do many photos at this race so I was pretty excited :).
That being said, it is different from other races. What do I mean by that? Well read on to find out :).
Registration: I’m going to be honest here, registration for this race is super stressful. Lululemon uses Eventbright for their registration and unfortunately it’s not able to handle 10,000+ people registering at the same time so there have been a lot of problems over the years. Personally and I know a lot of people will disagree with me, but this is my opinion, it’s time to go to a lottery system. It will eliminate the issues with the server not being able to handle the demand. Obviously we got in, but it was a mess and I know a LOT of people who got stuck in the dreaded waiting room forever.
Race Shorts: Instead of a finisher participant shirt, Lululemon does a special SeaWheeze specific short. They send the shorts in May so that we can train with them and to ramp up the excitement for the race. This year’s shorts initially were underwhelming compared to years past, but in the end I found that I really like them. I picked the speed shorts but they also had the tracker shorts for women (I heard that they ran small). The black & white is quite easy to match with every color under the sun and I don’t even notice the faces, lips, eyes, etc. that are on the ladies shorts.
Pre-Race Communications: Lululemon did a great job of keeping us informed, they send out multiple emails discussing the fact that the air quality wasn’t as good as normal due to fires in Northern BC. They also sent out multiple emails regarding the procedures on getting into the showcase store.
Pre-Race Showcase Store: For the first time ever, Lululemon announced that they would be giving us a sneak peak & selling some of the special SeaWheeze gear online about 2 weeks before the race. They announced it on social media and sent an email. You were allowed to buy 2 pieces and only 2 pieces. They were very clear that if you tried to buy more than 2 pieces your order would not go through. I was one of the lucky people to get the speed shorts and I also got a new bra.
Showcase Store: In another first, Lululemon gave us a full sneak peak of all the gear that would be for sale at the showcase store.
The store is an interesting thing… A lot of the hype around the race is about the showcase store. It’s where you can get special edition SeaWheeze product that you can’t get anywhere else. It’s gotten to the point where people line up on Wednesday & camp out in anticipation of the 7am Friday opening. Seeing as this was Sean’s first time in Vancouver and I really didn’t have any desire to sleep on the street, I got in line at 3:30am.
I think I was about 500 people back from the front and I was in and out of the store by 7:30ish. While I love Lululemon and this is a fun part of the event, this year I was slightly underwhelmed. I normally love to get the speed shorts, this year, there were several solid colors and maybe 2 patterns, neither of which really jumped out at me. I did get 2 new swiftlys (short sleeve & tank) & an Energy Bra. I didn’t see a theme in the gear like they’ve had in the past although the colors & patterns did go together. Honestly I thought the gear this year was boring and with the exception of a few things the rest you could find in the stores.
Expo: After going through the store, I was going to get by packet but decided to wait for Sean. I went out to the expo to see what was going on there. I got in line for a cute mountain tattoo from the Clearly CA sunglasses booth.
I got a bottle of water from the Flow table & had a smoothie from Vega. The test truck was there but it wasn’t open that early & I don’t know if they were giving out product or not. There was a booth where you could see some of Lulu’s innovation and coming products & give product feedback. They also had yoga classes and other activities going on throughout the day.
Packet Pick-up: I went back to our hotel to wake Sean up. We eventually made our way to the convention center to get our packets. When we got there the line was really long so we decided to come back later in the day, you could pick up your packet until 8pm.
Race Swag: Once we picked up our packets, we got a nice drawstring backpack that you could use for gear check, a water bottle, a container of Nuun and Sean got a free drink from JJ Bean, I didn’t have one in my backpack. Instead of a race bib, they give you a wristband to wear which gets you into the festival and race. The first 2 years I did the race they gave us chips for our shoes that had the founder Chip’s face on them. This year it was the normal D-Tag like Rock n’ Roll uses for it’s races. That is the only thing that showed we were even in a race.
Race Day: We raced over to the convention center to meet up with the ProCompression Ambassadors & I was so surprised to see a sea of black & white socks. It was pretty awesome.
Once the photos were done, Sean & I headed to the start line, it can be really crowded and he should be near the front so we were lucky to get to the corrals early before they were packed.
They had pacers, I lined up behind the 2:05 pacer and Sean made his way to the front, he would run a 1:35!! I heard from others after the race that it was very difficult to get into the corrals and I saw a ton of people on the sidewalk waiting to get into the under 2 hour corral.
As usual, instead of starting the race at 7:00am, they started talking at 7:00am and I think we started the actual race about 10 minutes later. Which is actually a big improvement on year 2 when we started over 30 minutes late.
Course: The course was different from what I had run back in 2013. There were a few hills at the beginning as we made our way through the city and then we were by the water for a good portion of the course. We went over the bridge into Kitsilano where the first Lulu store is. This is the only out and back section of the course. Once we got back over the bridge, we headed towards the Seawall. The seawall isn’t very wide so there is some weaving in and out around runners. I was fortunate to be in a section where the runners were somewhat spread out and I didn’t have to jockey for position. I heard that it was really crowded at some points.
The seawall is my favorite part of the course, it’s really beautiful. There were a lot of groups out supporting the race, from the fire fighters, the WestVanRun group (incidentally one of the very first accounts to follow me), the hippies, the mermaids, etc. etc. there was enough to keep us entertained.
The finish was also different this year, we kept going on the seawall, past our hotel, towards the convention center, where the finish line was on the water! The first 2 years, I remember having to go back up to the street where we had to climb a hill to the finish line, this was much better in my opinion ;). I ended up with 13.03 miles, not sure if the course was short or it was the way I took the tangents but I was a little shy of the normal 13.1.
I was happy to see that they had more mile markers this year in addition to the km markers. The first 2 years I think they only had one at the 10 or 12 mile mark.
Medal: SeaWheeze always does a unique medal, this year it was a super heavy, medal Cairn. I was shocked at how heavy it was and thought it was really nice.
Post Race: After we finished the race, we made our way up to Jack Poole Plaza to get some treats. They handed out bottles for Flow water, they were letting us grab multiple bottles, got a wet washcloth to clean up and then a pair of finisher sunglasses.
We were lucky to not have to wait on the ramp for too long to get brunch, which this year was a box of snacks. I actually really like this idea because it takes so much less time than a buffet. The snacks were all healthy and they were designed to help us recover faster. My favorite was the chia pudding, super yum!
After eating our treats, we made our way down to the expo area where we had more Vega smoothies and got our runners reward from Saje Wellness.
Sunset Festival: Initially I didn’t think we would go to the sunset festival, but we were kind of lazy after the race, I was exhausted and after a super yummy brunch from Ritual we just hung out.
Sean & I eventually walked over to Stanley Park where the festival was going on. What a fabulous location for a party! Thank you to Pavement Runner for the photo.
There was a lot of food options, we had sushi, a veggie burger and fries and toasted marshmallows. We stood in line to get into the gear tent which didn’t have anything I was super interested in. There was a huge yoga class and then 2 bands. We chatted with our friends from social media and actually had a really good time.
Overall thoughts: SeaWheeze is a great event, but it’s focus isn’t necessarily on the race. I think that the race is the catalyst to get everyone to Vancouver but it’s more just one facet of the experience more than the focus. If you are looking for a competitive race, this is probably not the race for you, I’d recommend the BMO Vancouver Marathon for that.
Would I come back? Definitely! I enjoyed the whole weekend, Vancouver is a beautiful city and everyone is so nice. That being said, will we come back? I don’t know, I know that Sean wants to run Squamish 50/50 and Fat Dog 120 so we might have to make a choice. Time will tell.
Did you run SeaWheeze? Do you want to run SeaWheeze?
I’ve been avoiding this recap, because it’s the last time I really was able to run. I knew going into this race I was going to have a tough time. First off it’s a tight 8 hour cut-off and with the pain I’ve been having in my hamstring, but nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
So Sean & I went up to Portland on Thursday evening, on Friday we explored a little by our hotel in Troutdale while I had to work in the morning.
On Saturday, Sean ran the 100k and I volunteered at the 50k aid station. It was a lot of fun, but a kind of rainy, cold day.
I saw Jim Walmsley come through in first place on his way to a new course record and a Golden Ticket to Western States. Not the best photo from my spot at the aid station but it’s him ;).
I had a great time volunteering, we were super busy and it made the day go by really fast. While I was out there I saw Sean of course, Josh, Natalie, Gina & her fiance Richard and cheered on a ton of runners.
This was the day when I stopped my run streak as well at 138 days. My leg wasn’t incredibly happy and I decided to be smart and rest another day before the 50k on Sunday.
Sean didn’t push it on this race, he was still recovering from some other races. He came in around 16:18 in a trash bag to protect him from the elements. We got some of the super yummy pizza they were serving – SO GOOD! and then headed back to the hotel.
I was excited but also nervous about the 50k. I made the decision to just go out and have a good time & do my best to make the cut-offs.
We started at the 50k turn-around. And unlike the day before it was a beautiful, crisp, sunny morning.
Sean cheered me on as I started my race. I started the race having to go to the bathroom, oops, so as we made our way to the trail, I hit up the port-a-potties. I started the race towards the back, which was fine, I knew that I was probably going to be back there regardless so it was fine for me.
It was an interesting course, wet with lots of moss & pine needles with a lot of roots, kind of reminded me a little of the HURT course. I decided to wear my Altra Running King MTs for the race. It was a good choice as there was some snow on the course. I also ran with my Black Diamond poles, which were a big help to me as well.
I made it to the first aid station in plenty of time, I was hiking the uphills, running the downs and some of the flats. Everything was going relatively well. I was taking photos and just enjoying my time out there.
The second section was a bit more of a struggle, we had a lot of climbing during this section and my hamstring just wasn’t very happy, but I took photos, and just kept smiling enjoying the day. I was leap frogging with some other girls from Phoenix, they would pass me on the downhill and I would catch them on the uphills.
We finally saw a waterfall right about a half mile or so from the mile 19 aid station.
It was there that we had to climb up a section of the trail using a rope. It was crazy, but there was a rock slide and the actual trail was damaged. This was the way they could get around it. I wish I had gotten a photo but I was trying to put away my poles so I could climb up. From there we still had about a mile down to the aid station.
I made it with 2 minutes to spare and could have continued on, however I was in so much pain, I knew it was time to call it and get my leg looked at in case there was something seriously wrong with it.
I had to wait at the aid station for someone to take me and a bunch of others back to the start/finish. It’s quite interesting, I saw this at the 100k the day before and then again at SD 100 a few months later. Even though races have strict cut-offs they don’t really have a plan in place to get runners back to the start finish. There were a number of runners who came in after I did who were past the cut-off that had to turn in their bibs and then we all just waited. We were very fortunate that there was a nice guy who let us not only sit in his warm car, but also drove us back. I do wonder though if he wasn’t heading back to the start, how exactly would I have gotten there?
In any case, the course was absolutely beautiful and I did enjoy my time out there. I wouldn’t mind going back one day and trying it again when I’m healed up even though the cut-offs do stress me out a bit.
When I went back to the finish, I cheered on my fellow runners and had a great time. They do put on a great race.
Pros: Beautiful course
The post race Pizza was AMAZING!!
Cons: No medals or finisher awards
You have to pay additional for a race shirt
And there you have it, my first experience with Rainshadow Running and the Gorge Waterfall 100k/50k.
I wrote this blog months ago, but never got around to posting it. I’ve been so crazy that I just haven’t been posting but I’m back now so get ready! I’ve got lots going on plus a bunch of recaps to post.
The weekend of LA Marathon, on our way up to LA, Sean & I drove past San Juan Capistrano and Sean brought up that Coach Sarah Mista was putting on her first race, a half marathon, 10k or 5k the next weekend. We discussed it for a few minutes and then looked to see if there were any spots left. There were 3 spots left so we decided to jump on them and registered for the inaugural Ramblas Run.
So we drove up to San Juan Capistrano on Saturday morning. It was a nice treat to have a race that started at 9am, which meant that we didn’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to drive up to the start. We got up around 6:30a and left around 7:15ish getting to the start right around 8:15a.
We got our packets, hit up the port-a-potties and then got our gear ready. We had a bunch of friends that were also running so we chatted with everyone until the 9am start.
Kristina and I started out together, heading up the first few hills. We hit the single track and I just started flying down the hill. It was so nice, I barely had any pain in my leg and it was absolutely beautiful. We passed Paksit Photo & he got a few awesome shots.
This course was a out and back, and while it was beautiful, it was hilly. There were some really steep downhills & uphills, but the beautiful wild flowers and the company were great.
I ran into Helen around mile 8 so we chatted for a bit, walking the uphills and running the downs. She wanted to fly down some of the downhill so I lost her for a bit as we made our way to the turn-around aid station.
When I got to the turn around I grabbed some orange slices and a bit more water and headed up the hill. I passed Kristina on my way up, so we got a selfie ;).
I cheered on some other runners and just kept it nice and easy until Helen caught up with me. We hiked & ran for a bit, stopping at the last aid station for some more water, etc. we had no idea that we were really close to the finish line so we’re just taking our good old time, having fun. Eventually we saw a few photographers and then realized that the finish line was just below us, haha.
So we started running down the hill and finished together, laughing and having a great time.
This race was definitely for fun and I had a blast. Sarah did a great job, with lots of yummy snacks after the race, including Essence pH10, Sambazon acai samples, nice big medals and pint glasses.
I would definitely recommend this race for a fun Saturday on the trails, I’m looking forward to next year!
This was my 3rd year running LA and Sean’s 6th. We really enjoy this race and will continue running it for many years to come.
Sean & I drove up to LA on Saturday morning in an effort to beat some of the traffic and then to be able to get our streak run in and relax before having to get up crazy early to drive to Santa Monica.
Once we got near the convention center we started looking for street parking, it’s significantly less expensive than parking in the garage. We parked about 3 blocks from the Expo and walked over.
On Friday, we got a text with our bib numbers in, which was a nice surprise. If you opted in for text messages, you received this text.
When we got to the expo, there wasn’t a line to pick up our bibs so we immediately walked over to our respective numbers to get our bibs. They weren’t there and both Sean & I were directed to the solutions desk. We had added on the start-line hospitality so our bibs were in a different section & tagged with a sticker showing that we were in the hospitality tent.
Once we got our bibs, we got our race shirts & gear check bags. I really like the shirt and I would love to see a medal like the shirt with the landmarks around the medal, I think that would be so cool :).
We walked through the sponsored merchandise and Skechers had some nice gear at reasonable prices, but I have so much gear that I felt it best to pass.
Once we got into the expo area, I immediately took us towards the Lululemon Sweatbox where we would be for the next 90ish minutes. I’ll talk more about this in a separate post.
Once we left the Sweatbox, we walked around the expo for a few more minutes, got some Clif Bar samples, a few photos and then headed out.
We were trying to decide when to do our run, but we also wanted to go to lunch, it was already 2:30pm so we were in that in between time. We looked it up and saw that Bottega Louie was less than a mile away so we walked over. Once we got there they told us that it would be 40 minutes for a table because they were changing over the shift so we put our name on the list and decided to go for our run.
We ran back to the car, I got us new shirts since we would probably be pretty sweaty and then we ran back to the restaurant. We were probably a 1/4 of the way back when I got a text saying our table was ready so we ran back as fast as we could to get our table.
It was pretty funny when I sat down at the table, sweat literally dripping down my face. Our server didn’t miss a beat and didn’t say a word as I was wiping my face, lol.
A hour later we had stuffed ourselves with Cobb Salad, Margarita Pizza, Creme Brulee & a Chocolate dessert.
We headed back to the car and over to Manhattan Beach and a movie. Afterwards we had to find a FedEx office because I forgot to print out our parking permit & I didn’t want to have an issue in the morning.
In the past 2 years, 2015 & 2016, we’ve stayed in a hotel downtown. This year we were able to stay with Sean’s sister in Manhattan Beach so I pre-purchased parking in Santa Monica prior to the race for $20, note to self, print it out before you leave for the race ;).
We finally got to our destination, did our flat runner photos and headed to bed. A 2:45am alarm was going to come fast. Needless to say, I don’t think I slept more than about an hour the whole night and I was already up before my alarm went off. I tried to sleep until about 3am before finally just getting out of bed.
We were out the door and on our way by about 3:40a, we took a nice route near the beach up to Santa Monica and encountered no traffic on our way to the garage next to the Civic Center. Since it was so early, Sean & ate GoMacro bars on the way to Dodger Stadium.
Once we got parked we headed to the shuttles, the line was quite long, but there were tons of buses so we assumed we’d be in one and on our way quickly. 30 minutes later, we had barely moved and maybe one bus had left. We realized at some point that there were 2 lines of runners, on either side of the building, oops.
We finally made it up to a bus, a girl asked me if I was wearing my back and taking my bag with me to the start and gave me 2 orange wristbands to put on them. I didn’t know what they were for, they didn’t look in or at either my pack or drop bag closely. I found out later that they were checking bags for security reasons, but that wasn’t the case with us.
We made our way up to Dodger Stadium and got dropped off in the normal spot. I heard from some of the other ambassadors that they would get dropped off outside the stadium and that the freeway exit got all messed up with cones in the bus lane. Fortunately that didn’t happen for us.
We walked in and over to the start-line hospitality tent. It was pretty chilly when we arrived. This was our first time doing the start-line hospitality and it was pretty nice. They had food, bagels, bananas, clif bar shots, coffee, bottled water and most importantly heaters! We saw Tim, one of my fellow ambassadors (for Conqur & The OM Dirt Unit) at one of the tables, we eventually moved to the back of the tent to stay warmer.
It was really nice, they had yoga mats and foam rollers, Air France tote bags & infuser bottles, private porta potties and a special gear check UPS truck for us!
I was in Corral C which was the 3rd corral and Sean was one of the lucky 300 people to be in Corral A up with the elites. As I was standing there waiting for the start, I saw Gocart Mario in his car. It was pretty cool.
I will say thinking back on it now, the start line atmosphere wasn’t quite the same as it has been in the past, it seemed a little bit more mellow than I remembered from past years, but all good.
I turned my Garmin on about 20 minutes before the start and unfortunately it never got a signal so when I started I thought I hit the start button, but found out right before mile 1 that I had not started it at all so I was about .85 miles off on my tracking.
We start in the parking lot of Dodger’s stadium and as we were starting the sun was coming up and it was looking to be a very beautiful day. Contrary to what we were expecting with fog for most of the race.
I started out feeling ok, my back and legs were a bit tight from standing around so I took it slow to start, or so I thought, lol. I actually did quite well the first half of the race, looking back, although I did not feel great at all, my butt hurt pretty much from the get-go and that eventually moved to my hamstrings and it was all I could do to just keep moving. A lot of my issues are stemming from an anterior pelvic tilt along with one hip that is higher than the other.
I was experiencing a lot of pain but I decided to just have a lot of fun, take photos & try to find some of the snap chat filters, I don’t use snapchat, I only downloaded it for the geofilters, which I was planning to upload to my Insta stories.
I’m still a bit shocked at the time I came into the 20k at the time I did considering I hiked up a lot of the hill, slowed for photos, etc.
Around mile 4, is the Disney Concert Hall, which looks so pretty and the Japanese drummers are there too. They are amazing, I caught a short video as I walked up the hill.
One of my absolute favorite spots on the course is the chili cheese dog station at about mile 5.5. They totally did it up this year with a table and chafing dishes full of food. It is things like this that make LA Marathon so awesome. The spectators really get into it. That being said, I really wish this station was at mile 25.5 so I could actually enjoy one, my stomach is a bit too finicky to eat a chili cheese dog less than 6 miles into the race lol.
I ran walked from mile 4 on, taking photos, seeing the sites and just having a great time.
We ran down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. It’s really pretty with all the palm trees. I had a video of this area, but I seem to have lost it.
I love coming into Santa Monica, there are so many spectators, I swear this year there were even more than in the past.
About mile 18 the pain in my glutes/hamstrings started to get really bad, to the point where it hurt to walk. I know my walk sections were getting longer but I kept moving. Talking to other runners, listening to my audio book, enjoying the sunshine and all the spectators. Around this point there were more and more of them.
After doing a run/walk hobble to mile 23, our friend Mitch came by and said Hi before passing me. I chatted with some other runners and just kept chugging along. Eventually we got down the hill and to the beach. I ran the last mile just trying to keep it together and get to that finish line.
When I crossed the line, I was surprised at how quite it was. I looked for someone I was supposed to meet at the finish but I never saw them so I got my medal and a few photos before going to look for Sean. In the past he’s been closer to the finish line waiting for me, but he said they were pretty strict, and understandably so, about runners hanging out near the finish.
I got a bunch of post race treats, banana, bagel, Power bars, pretzels, animal crackers, cheese-its, etc. and then kept moving. I was in so much pain, I just wanted to sit down.
After getting my heat blanket, I finally saw Sean & made my way to him. We got my drop bag at the start-line hospitality truck, this was an awesome perk, it was the first truck!
After getting our gear and that Air France tote bag came in handy here for all of our post race snacks ;). We headed to the pier to change into dry clothes. I sweat so much, my lululemon speed shorts are always soaked to the point I’m dripping, I don’t understand why I’m sweating so much lately but in any case, I always bring a full change of clothes for after the race. I hate being wet once I’m done running. This race, I got smart and brought a small towel to dry off with too ;).
We got warm, took a few photos and had a nice post race meal of burgers & fries.
I finished the race in 4:46:10, out of 18,893 runners I was 6,244. After reflecting on my time, which compared to a lot of people isn’t fast, I realized that I was in the top 3rd of people, which means that over 12,600 people finished behind me. That’s a lot of people and it’s nice to see that LA Marathon is a race that is for any ability.
So I already know I’m registering for next year, you can get in on the party by registering for the lowest prices for the next 3 days. (Regular registration opens later this summer)
As with any race, even those you love, there are always things that are better than others so here’s what I liked, what I didn’t like and what I’d love to see ;).
Nice big expo that wasn’t super crowded
So many spectators on the course
Amazing Volunteers, those kids were so into it, cheering us on
SRLA (Students Run LA Program) this is seriously an amazing program that brings over 3,000 at risk youth from grades 7 – 12 together for a marathon training program that culminates with them running the marathon. These kids inspire me so much & I look forward to seeing them every year.
No information telling us that our bibs would be at the Solutions desk instead of the normal pick-up area. It wasn’t a huge issue since it was pretty quite but if it had been busy we could have waited a long time.
Shuttles to the start line
While the volunteers were amazing, the kids had a hard time staying on the sides, some of the aid stations became bottle-necks
Last year at the expo we got a lot of treats in our gear bag, this year nothing. While I don’t need the papers, I liked trying new food products.
As I said earlier, while LA has amazing medals, I would love to see a medal that looks like this year’s shirt with the landmarks around it.
Santa Monica shuttle definitely needs a little work, I know this is definitely something that Conqur is investigating already.
Give out bags with post race snacks in them – SD Half, NYC Marathon & Venice Marathon does this and it is sooo nice. You just grab a bag from a volunteer & go.
Overall though, this is one of my favorite marathons and I can’t wait to go back and run it again in 2018!
One week after the Wisdom Tree Marathon, Sean & I made our way back up to LA for Keira Henninger’s Griffith Park 50k/Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. We had a ton of friends running and were excited because Keira always does an awesome job. We always have a great time at her races.
We drove up to Manhattan Beach on Friday to stay with Sean’s sister. Driving to LA on a Friday is always a bit stressful since there is so much traffic but it wasn’t horrible until we hit the 405. We managed to get to her house relatively early.
We got our gear out, did our flat runner photos and then headed to bed.
We got up pretty early to drive the 30 minutes to the park. This race started on the other side of the park, by the Merry Go Round, opposite from where we were for the Wisdom Tree race the week before.
Once we got on the road, we hit insane traffic because they closed one of the freeways for construction and had to be re-routed around the airport. It was super stressful since we were already running a little late.
I was texting with Kristina and asked her to pick up our bibs just in case we were really late. We managed to arrive with about 30 minutes to spare but I was a bit nervous.
We got lots of photos with the OM Team and lots of friends running the 50k and other distances.
Keira gave a quick pre-race speech and then we were off! Sean & I were with Kristina for a bit at the beginning and then we all separated on the first little climb.
Once we got up a little ways we were treated to the most spectacular sunrise! This photo I got of Sean really doesn’t do it justice but gives you a little insight into what we saw.
I really had no idea what to expect from this race except that the course was a little short (29.5 miles) and that there was going to be a LOT of climbing, over 6k. If you have followed me for a while, you probably know, I’m not a fan of climbing, LOL.
Anyways, I started off hiking the uphill and running the downs and flats. I chatted with a few other runners and Orange Mud fans. We eventually were treated to an awesome view of the Griffith Park Observatory. The guy I was running with at this point was telling me La La Land was filmed there and that I should check it out.
Just after this we saw Howie Stern taking photos and then we got to another uphill, where there were volunteers cheering us on and sending us down to the left to the observatory.
Down I went, I saw Sean coming back up not too long after I started down. I was having a weird feeling like my right foot was swelling even though my shoe didn’t seem to be overly tight and I had to go to the bathroom. Odd, but I kept moving and eventually got to the bottom where there were more volunteers telling us where to turn around. As I went back up, I saw a bunch of my friends, Jenn, Vanessa, Alexis & Kristina.
The only downside to this race, at least the first half of the race was that there were a lot of other people out on the trails which meant weaving in and out a bit.
I hiked the way back up and once up we headed over to towards the Hollywood sign. We went down a pretty steep trail and then up the road to the sign. At the road there were a few volunteers, I saw one of the guys I followed for a bit at Sean O’Brien directing us up the road. Once we got to near the top, there was a girl there telling us to go up to the flag and when we came down she would give us a wrist band showing that we made it to the top. Once I got to the top, I asked someone to take my photo since I was by myself at this point. Note to self…make sure to tell the person taking the photo to get your feet in the photo too so you can show off your Altras ;). The sign was the turn around spot at about mile 11.5.
I got my bracelet and headed down the road to the little hill that the week before I described as a slip and slide ;). And we did a portion of the course that we did the week before – on the single track section. It was a lot harder to run the single track because it was dry and there were so many other runners coming that it was hard to get any kind of decent pace going.
Once we got back to the road, that the week before would have taken us to the horse trails, this week we headed back up over towards the Observatory. My legs, specifically my hamstrings & glutes, were starting to really bother me around this section and when I saw Smitha, Jenn & Valerie, they asked me how I was doing and I was like my legs hurt! lol
Fortunately we didn’t have to go back down to the Observatory and just headed back towards the start. Those nice downhills were now pretty steep climbs and by the time I got to mile 17 I was hurting pretty bad. I texted Crystal and told her where I was, pretty much whining about the horrible hills. From this point until I was to the final turn around, I was not in the best of moods.
For some reason when I looked at the course map, I thought the course was a loop not a bunch of out and backs, I was kind of confused when I was heading back and didn’t know where the additional miles were coming from. Turns out all the out and backs look a lot like a loop.
Regardless, I finally saw Sean around mile 22 as he was almost back to the finish. I was not happy and complaining about why was I even doing this, I hated running, etc. etc. This has been a reoccurring theme during my long trail runs lately, especially when there are a lot of hills.
And the worst hills were still to come it would appear. I hit the last aid station and headed out for the last out and back. I was not happy when I got there and I was pretty calorie deficient by that point too. I’ve still got to work on my fueling. I got some more CarboPro and kept moving.
As I was heading up a pretty steep hill, another girl passed me and then was like this is horrible, how far up to we have to go. I felt at least a little comforted that it wasn’t just me who was hating these hills lol.
We just kept going up and up and up and then finally I saw 2 people and asked hows much further we had, they told me the turn around was by the trees, which was a lot further than I was expecting. Regardless I got to the turn around and then saw my friends, Jenn, Alexis & Vanessa coming down. Then on the second or third uphill, I saw Kristina and we got a quick photo before continuing on.
I could not wait to be done! Finally I got to the last aid station, had my bottles topped off and was told it was only 2.5 miles to the finish! Hallelujah! I took off and caught Tam shortly afterwards, we chatted for a minute and then I started running again. I’d hike the uphill, run the down.
Finally we got to the final turn back to the finish line. Raul & his son (Founder of Running4ThoseWhoCan’t) were there and cheering me on. I started running and didn’t stop until I got to that finish line.
I was so incredibly happy to have made it to the finish. That was a very tough race.
Sean congratulated me, got a few photos and then I got my medal & buckle from Keira.
We waited for our friends to finish, got a few more photos and then headed back to his sister’s so we could have lunch.
As always Keira does an amazing job and even though mentally I was not in a good place, this was a great race.
I’ve been procrastinating long enough and I’m now 3 race recaps behind with another race this weekend so I better get a move on!
Sean & I have headed over to LA to run in Griffith Park, in downtown Los Angeles 2 out of the last 3 weekends. Our first jaunt up there was with a small group of friends for an informal marathon.
I found us a cool historic hotel about 15 minutes from the start in Koreatown. We got there around dinner time and just decided to grab dinner in the cute burger place below the hotel called Cassell’s since we had already valeted the car.
You’ll see that eating burgers before a race is now becoming a trend, which is interesting. lol
These burgers were super yummy, we also got some amazing sweet potato fries that were covered with cinnamon sugar. I’ve eaten a lot of fries, but none that were like dessert, lol. I also ordered a ginger beer that Sean & I shared, it was homemade and huge! Like 2x the size of the water glass.
Of course we couldn’t resist getting some pie. Personally I prefer fruit pie, but Sean is more of a chocolate person so we decided to try the chocolate peanut butter, which was good but the back crust was a little tough, I kept clanking my fork on the plate.
After dinner, we got our gear ready and then hit the sack. I’ve been so exhausted lately, I sleep but yet it doesn’t seem to be helping me to feel rested.
We were meeting at 6:30am so we got up around 5:15a and left the hotel around 6:00am. It was raining as we were waiting for the car to pull around and it was a little chilly.
We got to our meeting point a little bit before 6:30a, we got our gear ready, chatted with some of the other runners and then after the last runner arrived, we got started.
The loop started out with a tough technical climb up to Wisdom Tree. We got a quick photo and then headed out to the next spot, above the Hollywood Sign, we would only go to the top the first loop.
After another quick group photo there, we headed down the road to the next set of trail. Up a steep section that reminded me of a slip & slide.
From there we took an overgrown & muddy single track trail to a fire road. When we got down, we ran down the road to the horse trail, which was like a fire road.
We took the horse trail down for a bit and then we were at the bottom of the Hollywood sign. We got a few photos and then headed on. The next section included in a little more downhill fire road and a bit more road before turning onto a dirt sidewalk and heading back to our car.
Sean & I stuck together the whole “race” for the most part. He is a bit better than me on the uphill, but with his knee still getting back to normal, I was a little faster on the downhill.
It was not an easy race and I struggled up the hill to Wisdom Tree on the 4th loop. I really wanted to quit, but I pushed through and we made it finishing 4 6.2ish mile loops for a total of 26.4 miles & somewhere between 5-6,000ft of climbing and earned this amazing medal!
Afterwards we went to Howlin’ Rays Tennessee Chicken with our friends, where we stood in line for 2.5 hours to order our chicken sandwiches. They were good, but I’m not sure if they were 2.5 hour wait good, lol.
We did have a great time and of course watching Andrea eat the Howlin’ chicken was very entertaining!
Next up, I’ll recap Keira Henninger’s Griffith Park 50k.
What is the longest you’ve waited for a post race meal?
Last weekend, Sean & I headed to Arizona to run the Black Canyon 100k. We signed up last year expecting a fast and mostly downhill course with a long time limit (which appealed to me since I know I’m on the slower side).
Unfortunately Mother Nature intervened and the week of the race, the race directors at Aravaipa Running had to make a decision to change the course to an out and back due to a forecast of over an inch of rain on race day. They made the right decision because the original course crosses the Agua Fria river several times and the river was too high & too fast for over 500 runners to safely cross it.
So, the course went from having ~9,000+ feet of descent to being an even up and down of ~3,500. Once you got to the turn around, you would start making your way back up to the start.
The race directors did an excellent job of communicating the change to us runners. I saw it posted on the Facebook event page, on their website, received an email via ultrasignup and also even watched a live Facebook video where they discussed it and answered questions.
We got to Phoenix late Thursday night, we were staying with my sister, who lives about 15 minutes from the Anthem Outlet Mall, where the shuttles were originally supposed to pick us up to go to the start line. Since the race finish was at the start line we didn’t have to take the shuttle after all so it was just a 45 minute drive to Mayer High School.
We headed to the expo on Friday afternoon, got our bibs and shirts. We chatted with Ben & Zach Bitter at the Altra booth for a little bit, I got to try on the new Escalantes, which are so nice! I can’t wait to get a pair and then headed back to my sisters.
For Christmas, I had gotten my sister a pasta maker so she made us a yummy pre-race meal with fresh pasta and baked chicken.
While she cooked, Sean & I got our flat runner photos done and backed our drop bags. Since it was going to be wet & rainy, we packed everything into 2.5 gallon zip lock bags to keep everything dry.
Since we only had to drive to the start line in the morning, we were able to sleep a bit longer. I think we left the house around 5:20am and made the 45 minute drive up to the high school.
We dropped off our drop bags, hit up the bathrooms and then headed to the track where the race was starting. It all happened so fast.
I saw Rachel, one of my fellow Orange Mud Ambassadors & we got a quick photo. I also met Tara, @runwithtara, saw Malia, @rnrgrl808, her son ran the 60k and came in 2nd overall!! I also saw Jen, @jenlaughlin_18, who was like 2/3 races we’ve done together have been in the rain, lol.
Sean & I got a quick pre-race photo and then we were off. It was already raining when we started. The race started off with a lap on the track and then we ran through the town before hitting the trail.
The first part of the course was the muddiest of the whole race but I was wearing my new Altra King MT’s which were created specifically for muddy conditions. They did not disappoint. I felt so secure and was not slipping and sliding at all. There was only one small area where the shoes had some caking but it quickly fell off. Sorry for the blurry pic, my fingers were already wet so I had a hard time even getting the phone to work. After this, I didn’t take it out again until after I dropped.
I felt really good the first 7 miles to the aid station. In the last 1/2 mile I started to get a little bit of a stomach pain but kept moving knowing there would be a port-a-pottie at the aid station.
I got there, grabbed a few glukos gels from my drop bag and then waited a few minutes to use the bathroom. The next section, I started slowly because of the stomach pain, but it eventually got better. I enjoyed this section, it was absolutely beautiful single track. I had a few close calls where I came close to a few hard falls so I slowed down a bit and really started watch my footing.
Unfortunately tripping multiple times caused some pulling in my hamstring so I was dealing with that as I made my way into the 3rd aid station. This is where Sean caught up with me. I was not a happy camper, practically in tears, and not at all excited about running in the rain for another 12 hours.
After a few minutes of chatting with Sean, refilling my pack I decided to move on. In retrospect, after I had heard some people talking about dropping to the 60k, which they normally don’t allow but due to the weather, they made an exception, I should have just dropped down at that point.
I slowly made my way up the fire road to the single track. I was following 2 girls for a bit. During this section, I was having a lot of pain in my right foot under the midfoot. Literally every step was excruciating. Seriously this race was just full of rando physical issues. It eventually went away but I was power hiking the majority of this section.
As I made my way to the aid station, I saw a photographer from Sweet M, who got this lone photo of me during the race. I’m a little disappointed she didn’t get a full body shot but it does show how wet I was, my skirt was completely soaked.
Sean was waiting for me at the aid station and I put a few things in my drop bag, took way to long trying to get my bladder back in my pack, the bladder I was using wasn’t opening easily so every time I refilled it, I had to ask for help and we would fight with it to open.
We finally made our way to the turn-around, where I would have to sit down for a few minutes because I was feeling light-headed. I had 2 cups of ramen and felt a little better. We headed back up the hill and the rain just kept coming. I was trying to move as fast as I could, but I kept feeling lightheaded and I wasn’t happy.
We got to the mile 37 aid station and I was super close to dropping but Sean convinced me to keep moving to the next aid station, which in the end was a smart decision.
This section was the last before it got dark and I was moving as fast as I could to get there. I was starting to get really cold and the rain just kept coming down.
When we got to the aid station, I told Sean he could continue on, but I was done. I was so cold and it was just going to get worse as we got into the night, and into the windiest, most exposed sections of the course.
I walked into the aid station saying I was freezing and they directed me to the heaters to warm up. One of the volunteers, who I would later find out was the founder of Squirrel’s Nut Butter, Stacy kept asking me if I wanted to get out of my wet clothes. I didn’t have anything dry to put on so I said no originally.
Finally after I officially dropped, she told me that she gave me a dry Squirrel’s Nut Butter sweat shirt I could wear and pretty much made me get out of my wet clothes. Sean asked me for my waterproof jacket to put over his other clothes because he was going to continue on.
I hung out in the aid station until they closed and I was able to get a ride to the finish line. There was a cute little boy who asked to play some games on my phone so I let him play for a bit.
Once I got back to the High School, I got changed, even after getting into dry clothes, I couldn’t warm up. I think I had on 3 sweatshirts. I hung out with Ben at the Altra table chatting and interacting with runners who had questions about Altra. I met & chatted with another ambassador, Kim while waiting for Sean.
My King MT’s were awesome on this course!
Now that I’ve had more time to think about the race, I don’t regret my decision to drop, because I know I was pre-hypothermic and continuing on could have resulted in putting myself in a bad situation.
I also know that I could have physically finished the race, while I had minor aches and pains, I was not injured but mentally I was checked out, not having fun and let that take over.
Running is hard, running ultras is harder and I think that the mental part is the hardest. As I continue on with my journey to SD100, I think I will have to train my brain the most.
Even with a DNF I learned something important about myself and what I need to do to get to the next finish line.