What a busy summer of running is has been, all of it leading up to Waldo 100k, August 18th and hopefully my ticket to next years Western States 100 miler! Going into the race I had a my goals established. #1...earn a 1st or 2nd place finish for the much sought after Western States entry, #2 course record for the Master division (Held by Meghan Arbogast) and #3... see #1!
|One of the may climbs at Speedgoat|
|No obstacles here|
|Summit of the South Sister, blue bird day!|
|Charlton Lake mile 31|
Joelly Vaught and Alison Bryant were 1 and 2 early on and while I wanted one of those places I also knew it was going to be a long day and it was early yet. I kept to my own race, running comfortable yet strong. Sadly, I took a huge digger early on but fortunately it was on a soft, silt covered trail. It was one of those falls that takes you completely by surprise...my arms stayed by my side, and when my body hit the ground, my feet kicked back up behind me practically touching the back of my head. Ken (my crew) made reference to a chimney sweep as I came into the next aid station...I was covered from my forehead down with dirt that stuck nicely as it had started to drizzle just previous to the fall. While I am certain JB Benna got some great film of my dirt covered state, thankfully I have yet to see a photo.
|Photo by Michael Lebowitz, this smile is for you!|
|Loving the finish line! 2nd female 7th overall|
Huge thank you to Craig Thornley and crew for putting on an incredible race and all of the volunteers and the fire fighters who made this event possible! Thank you, Michael Lebowitz for being out there catching the journey on film. Yet again, my Patagonia gear saw me through all 11 hours, 22 minutes of the race in perfect style, even with all the dirt!