So thankful for this guy.
This past Sunday’s 24k race was a beauty. HOT and difficult, but at the end, I ran right into the lake. My sweet hubby (and Coach) joined me. This picture, taken by Trailsister, Courtney Bullock, tells it all.
We didn’t start this race, The Dam Good Run (since it went over the Lake Pleasant Dam) until 7:30am. That’s pretty late in the running world, especially in the desert.
I made sure I hydrated pretty well the previous days, knowing it was going to be a hot 16 miles. And things were rolling pretty well until that second aid station. I forget the mileage until that one, but I was pretty hot by then.
Ice cubes in my neck bandanna was the cure for that, though. I packed it tight against my skin, with some more around my wrist and I was set.
It was great seeing Travis Swaim and Nathan Revello, to fellow trail runners, at that turn around aid station. They weren’t scheduled to be there, I was just lucky. They were great encouragers, and that helped, because I had about five more miles to go.
And they were gonna hurt.
But that’s okay, I knew there was a lake waiting for me to jump into, so I turned on a little music (Skillet, Red, and some other pump me ups) and hammered it best I could. Had to walk a few times, but overall, made it without too much trouble.
The last third of a mile, my sweet hubby ran me in. WHEW, that sure helped! I was BEAT!
Here’s a pic of me coming in at the end of the race. Thanks to Bruce Baker for this fun picture. The lake was in my sights and I was ready to jump in!
Thanks to Aravaipa Running for a great race, Nathan Sports for the amazing water pack, Tortoise and Hare Sports for all my training equipment, Tailwind Nutrition for the amazing endurance fuel, and last but not least, Cadence Performance Coaching, for getting me in shape for these tough trails.
Happy running my friends!