I SURVIVED! I'm sure you had no doubt I would, but I definitely wondered as we stood at the start line "Am I going to make it to the finish?"
The race started at 7:30 am, which called for a 4:15 am wake up and drive out to the course. We arrived to the sun rising and wafts of smoke from the forest fire hitting our nose. Luckily, the smoke wouldn't follow us the entire race, but it was a bit nerve racking as we got close to the start.
I picked up my race number (and awesome swag), said hi to my mom who was there to help cheer me on and got myself ready. Last minute body glide and sunblock were applied and fuel was shoved into my Nathan handheld.
Most of my Eugene running crew was there and ready to run (this made it much more enjoyable along the course to see so many familiar faces - and get to run with a few of them at times).
The first few miles were up and around a series of waterfalls making it fairly steep. Because of the narrow trail and the uphill nature, everyone was walking a lot, which was fine by me. Slow and steady was my goal for the day. Check out this video one of the racers took of the start (you can see me in blue) and then running the first 1/2 mile.
The aid stations seriously rocked (other than the gu brew)! They were chock full of: pb & j sandwich bites, Pay Days, Oreos, Pringles, gummy worms, cantaloupe, bananas...
My one aid station flub was when I poured Mt. Dew into my bottle thinking it was the Gu stuff. BLECH! Made me nearly vomit on the trail. Had to dump it out at the next aid station and have the manfriend refill me with Accelerade - LOVE that stuff!
My friend Porter who is uber fast and finished in 5 hrs! He rocks a pair of crazy shorts or tights at every race he runs.
At the final aid station, my hamstring and right hip weren't happy. My right knee and ankle were sore and I was NOT looking forward to the technical lava rock section and slogging through another 5 miles.
- run 5 more minutes and then you get a sip of water
- run until you reach an incline
- repeat Lady Gaga 'Poker Face'
- run past that next person
- the more you run, the faster you get to the finish
- walk 1 minute and then you must run
And FINALLY, I heard finish line sounds and ran my little heart out.
The answer is yes, by the way. I want to do the full MRTR course someday.
And, it was a hell of a lot of fun.
Overall, I'm happy with how well I fueled and didn't push it too hard. While I wanted to finish the race, I didn't want to injure myself and be out of commission for my upcoming marathon. Mission accomplished!
Post race veggie burrito and free massage - mmmhmmm
Time: 6 h 23 min 29 sec
Division: N/A (There were only 11 racers under the age of 30 and one of them was 15!)
Anything I missed or you want to hear more about? Have I convinced you to sign up for an ultra?
Honestly, I'm SO relieved to have this behind me. This week is all about rest so I can come back next week for a few more weeks of hard core running before the Victoria Marathon.