On March 15th I was privileged to sign in for a 50 mile run at Pathfinder Ranch located in the San Jacinto Mountains here in Southern California little did I know I was about to meet some VERY inspirational and exceptional Ultra Peeps!
|Race Directors Stephanie Kundin and Ken Rubeli awarding my 50 mile trophy!|
But here was the thing instead of an out and back course the organizers plotted out a running loop of nearly 2 miles, now that can be a good thing and a bad thing. First it attracts a lot of new Ultra runners to the sport gives confidence while knowing every lap you will see a friendly race and an aid station the flip side is that it is easy to quit when you are tired or cold as you pass the start finish line 23 times for the 50 miler and 56 times for the 100 miler!!!
|Me before the start of the event|
The Friday night we had the option of staying in a dorm on site and reminded me of my camping days! There was a pasta dinner organized and Jordan Romero (who climber Everest when he was 13 was the Guest Speaker) He spoke about the 7 Summits and finding Your Everest! He was running the marathon with his mom that would be his new Everest !
|Here I am with Colleen and Paul on the Canoe lake|
|Here I am with Jordan Romero before he made his presentation on finding YOUR Everest|
After a group shot and national anthem we all set off for the loop formatted event, my personal race started out well for the first 2 miles then my stomach started rumbling...do not want to go into graphic details but I will share I spent 6 sessions of bathroom visits I felt awful! But I had the wisdom to keep up on my Endurolytes and take in calories via my perpetuem, by mile 18 my stomach problems finally stopped. I sprayed my legs and feet with Kool n Fit at mile 20 and felt fantastic!I had fun running in circles as you soon could interact with other runners whether passing or being passed it was super fun to make new friends and check out the farm yard animals which were acting as cheer leaders that weekend Pigs, Turkeys, Goats and horses.... and if boredom set in there was the chance to go canoeing or even rock climbing!!! I finished the 50 mile run totally elated in a time of 9 hours and 21 minutes not bad considering all things...
|At 6 am in the morning the day was just beginning|
After 2 hours rest I went to Volunteer at Stephs Kitchen aka the aid station at the start and finish line, it is a whole other game as the 24 hour runners and 100 mile runners kept running through the night ! The temperature dropped to 32 degrees! And the runners kept on passing the aid station, some would stop and grab hot home made lentil soup or cookies, others stayed with Hammer Perpetuem, or mashed potatoes, no matter what your chosen poison Stephanie the co=race director tried to fulfill your request, at one point I was flipping pancakes and making Chicken broth while we braved the cold temperatures the early hours of the morning brought...
Beyond Limits I met a lot of runners that weekend, some through a smile some I shared a loop with others I comforted at the aid station in the early hours,
Some were finding their own personal Everests....
|Shane James and his girl Kati on the left|
|Stephanie co- Race Director|
|My min pin Hammer admires my race bling and Mr Blei BU|
I just loved the whole race weekend I wish I could mention all the inspirational peeps I met and may be I will a little later...
Thanks to Polar USA and Hammer Nutrition for supporting the event, and gratitude to my sponsors Rudy Project, Brooks running shoes, Kool n Fit spray, Ocean Potion sun care and my swiftwick socks.
Until the next time...