|When in Arizona p/c me!|
|The starting line is always filled with friends!|
Photo credit Keely Henninger
It was entertaining to watch the expression on the faces of people who would congratulate me on my HURT100 win and ask, "what's next?". My sheepish response being, "Black Canyon 100k", 4 weeks later oh and reason being, chasing a "Golden Ticket"...."If you never try, you will never know", reads the sign in the front entry of my home.
What did my training look like during the next 4 week period? I waited a week before going for a 6 mi treadmill run. Almost immediately I felt pain around the outside of my ankle but because I could tolerate it, I did. Yeah, I know.... Monday morning I consulted one of the sports trauma docs at work and received a "peroneal tendonitis" diagnosis. Imagine that, an overuse injury!! Prescription, rest. And so with that I took two days off, and on the third day trialed a 4 mi treadmill run. Nope, apparently I needed more time off. The next three days I rested and tried again on the fourth day (maybe a little stubborn). All was well. I ran 13 miles at Smith Rock, no discomfort, and my legs felt nice and strong. Although, I was a bit sad the following day that my quads were more sore than I thought they should/ would be. With Black Canyon 4 weeks out from HURT, 2 weeks of which were already gone, my plan was to be as recovered and as ready as I could be. My only focus for the remaining week of training would be leg turnover. I had the strength and endurance from HURT but was lacking the turnover. So, I hit the track a couple of times and at Smith I concentrated on running steady and strong.
Just like that it was time to taper for Black Canyon 100k. Why a 100k, 4 weeks after HURT? I mentioned the "Golden Ticket"... 2015 I was not fortunate to place top 10 at Western States 100 and I did not get in through the lottery. That left racing in with one of the Golden Ticket races of which Black Canyon was. As a Golden Ticket race, the top 2, male and female finisher would earn a Western States entry.
|Photo credit Scotty Mills|
This pic is for you Ken!
As it turned out, I connected with friend and fellow Bend runner Amy Sproston the night prior to the race. Sharing some great pre race hang time until we toed the line. Gotta love racing with good friends!
Prepping for my race, I planned 2 drop bags, 1 at mile 24 and 1 at mi 51. In the 1st bag I placed GU calories, a can of coconut water, and frittos. The 2nd drop bag was more GU calories, coconut water, frittos, s-caps, a waist pack, a handheld and for worst case scenario a waist lamp. My goal time was 10-11 hours which would have me finishing in the daylight. But...you never know.
With a 7am start on a completely exposed course and expected high of 85 degrees I started the race with what I would end up finishing the race wearing. Patagonia race kit, trucker cap, Julbo shades, cooling buff at my neck, and a 1liter hydration pack.
|Photo credit Howie Stern; no trees to be seen mi 19!|
|Photo credit Howie Stern; mi 38|
Last few miles to the finish line, I felt confident there would be no one to challenge my second place finish. My body was tired, and my feet (still recovering from HURT) were toast. I was ever so happy and greatful to cross the finish line with my body intact and with a Golden Ticket!!
|Happy to cross the line....with a Golden Ticket!|
There is a reason I am an ambassador for the gear I run in/ race in. Patagonia, Julbo, Ultraspire, Picky Bars...The gear I wear day in and day out. Seriously, take a look at my pics, it is the products I love to use and recommend to friends and family. If my mom were with me here today annnnd if she had the vision of running a trail race, this is the gear I would set her up with!
As always love, hugs and cheers!
Solo quest learning... as I look to 100 Miles of Istria on April 15th...Take advantage of your drop bags, no harm no foul to have one every opportunity the race supports. Could be a game changer!
|In the words of Spro, "finish lines are better with friends"!|
In the words of Chris Askew, "we did Willy Wonka proud"!! #goldenticketX2!