|At the start of the race|
The race was a 4 loop course with still snow in some sections. My plan was just to finish and not to worry about time.
|My custom "winterized" Hoka Mafate were perfect for the course|
The first 2 loops were slow but otherwise I didn't have any problems. That changed suddenly at the beginning of the 3rd loop when I started to get cramps in both legs and had to slow down even more.
|Walking the uphill - still smiling|
When I came back to the start/finish line I wasn't really looking forward to go out for another loop. I couldn't really figure out what the cause of my cramps was - salt, dehydration or just simple tired muscles. It is very rare that I get cramps. The last time it happened was at the Dirty Girls 6 Hour race back in 2011.
Since I still could move, even though slow, DNF was not an option. "Suck it up princess" and off I went for the last loop. During the entire race I was looking forward to have a glass of red wine with my good friend Gord England to celebrate my birthday. That really kept me going :)
|So glad I'm done!|
When I got to the finish line, Gord was waiting for me with a glass of Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon. How awesome is that! Thank you so much Gord!
My finishing time was 6:48:23, which was quite slow. However it was a good training run for my main race this year - the Badwater Ultramarathon.
It was great seeing all my OUS http://www.ouser.org/ running friends. The post race celebration was a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to the next race - the Sulphur 100 http://www.burlingtonrunners.com/index.cfm?pagepath=Club_Races/Sulphur_Springs&id=571