How does a person start a race report proud only to report a DNF? Although I did not make it to the finish I earned all 33 miles that I pushed for. My stomach has been an issue all year with the longer distances but I really thought I had a good plan in place for this race. Imodium the night before and the morning of should have taken care of any problems that might come up right?? After a total of 4 Imodium pills during the event I knew I was loosing more than I could get in and the effects where starting to take place. At one point I had no trees to shield me on the trail and took 4 steps into an open field to “do my business” when a truck full of hunters came by and just stared at the crazy sight of me only steps from them. All I could do was wave and then laugh. The funnier part is that when I reached for some baby wipes I realized I was OUT!! So what is a girl to do…. Yes I sacrificed one of my gloves and carried on. When I neared what would be my last station I saw my husband and a course medic coming towards me. I knew it was over. The tears followed and my husband and dad embraced me with so much love. What a blessing to have so much support and love even when you fall short of reaching a goal. I have no doubt that I had put in the right amount of training and overall felt fine but my stomach just would not settle down. This lasted until 10 pm that night.
As for the race and the course… steep does not even come close. The elevation changes and climbs were crazy. Seeing the sun come up over the mountains is a moment that I think I will hold forever! We were told by several veterans that we picked one of the hardest out there. The aid station were well stocked and plenty along the way. Still I would not give nothing for the time I have spent training with these awesome girls. The runners that I met and spoke with along the way were like being reunited with an old friend that you loved. Truly fantastic stories shared along the way. Will there be another 50 mile in the future… YOU BET!!! This girl is going to figure out the stomach issue and put a plan B in place.
As for the girls, 2 out of the 5 of us reached the finish line. The cut off times were strict and made this a race down right hard!! I am so proud of each of us for having the guts to set a goal and reach for something most would be terrified of doing. No regrets!! I will take 33 miles any day on a course like that. What a fantastic day!!
Enjoy the photos...
Picture with race diretor, David Horton the night before the race.
Proof that I was taking in tons of fluids.
Feeling great and really enjoying a beautiful trail!!
Approaching an aid station uphill!
Scott running in to the last aid station of this race for me. I was dtermined that I would finish it running!!
Still standing and still smiling!!! What a great day! Girls ROCK!!