|One of the several creek crossings during the early miles|
|Looking like a trail gypsy on the same trail in 2005...(I had on a big ole fuel fanny pack)|
|Same running form, yet traveling a bit lighter in 2011!|
|A sampling of the famous bluebells|
|Typical trail...no mountains to climbs...lots of little steeps between the flats.|
Part way through the Do-Loop (a loop turnaround at the Southern end of the course) I inquired about the position(s) of the other girls. I was told I had a “few minutes” on them. Ok. Now with 11 miles left to go, it was time to say hi to Dorsal Fin.
Dorsal Fin reminded me that I was strong, well trained, fueled and had been looking forward to unleashing all day. (This is very true, yet after 40 miles of running, unleashing might feel dramatic, yet wouldn’t look that way!) So we were off: bounding the downs, scampering or power stepping the short steeps and with 7 miles or so to go, we had sightings of 2 prey! The first guy seemed in pain and I passed with a word of encouragement. Don’t misunderstand, I don’t experience glee as I pass folks during the end of a race, yet am a grateful for the incentive and motivation their presence often offers to Dorsal Fin and I.
Dorsal Fin and I joined him a little later on the trail and we ran together for most of the remaining miles. With a half mile left to go, Jack and I caught up to Aaron Schwartzbard and one of his WUS buddies entering the final hill. Teammate Jack and I encouraged each other, yet I eventually took off to the tunes of Aaron singing “Maneater”…as I’d just looked at my watch and understood it I really boogied, I would better my time from 2005. Dorsal Fin and I gasped across the line at 7:39:14, 1st female, 16th overall. Regan finished in 7:52:10, followed by Gaby Gorman in 8:06:42
Speedy Matt Woods, 31 ran away with and won the race and set a new course record of 6:08:14! He was followed by Neal Gorman, 34, 6:44:53 and David Frazier, 25, also 6:44:53.
|Spring happens fast!|
|Cleaning up the mud is part of being back home!|
Montrail Mountain Masochist shoes
Dry Max trail socks (No Blisters-REALLY!)
Zensah calf compression sleeves
Mountain Hardwear Pacer Advance Short, Wicked LiteTank Top, power stretchgloves, arm sleeves
Patagonia Overhead Sports Bra
Nathan Quickdraw Plus water bottle
Nathan gel pack