The temperatures for race weekend were much cooler than I prefer. Like every year we camped the night before at the start/finish line. Wow, it was a very chilly night and I got so cold that I woke up at 1:30am and could not get back to sleep. I was freezing and my feet were completely numb when I put on my Hoka running shoes in the morning.
|Race start at 6:00pm|
|Running through the Start/Finish area|
After taking a little more salt and getting a couple calf massages by my husband Jeff using his secret "poison" at the end of loop 3 and 4 my legs felt finally ok.
|Worked wonders for my leg cramps|
|Flying downhill in my Hokas|
Usually I'm using liquid fuel (Peronin http://www.peronin.net/seen/peronin-high-tech-food/ and Perpetuem http://www.hammernutrition.com/products/perpetuem.pp.html) as long as possible in long races because it is easier on my stomach. But since the temperatures were much cooler this year I found it very difficult to get enough calories in from liquids only and I started using solid food after my second loop. I'm not a fan of Mac & Cheese but as "ultra food" it worked great for me.
|Chef Boyartdee's ultrarunner food|
|Wish it would be a lot warmer|
|Thinking of Badwater heat!|
On the 8. loop the adrenaline kicked in and I even could pick up the pace a bit more. I didn't want to waste any time at the aid stations and went in and out as quick as possible. Walking up the last steep uphill on Martins Road I felt pretty good. I crossed the finish line very happy in a time of 20:35, more than one hour faster than last year, 4. woman and 15. overall.
Since this race was a training run for Badwater, my plan was to run each of the 8 loops in less than 3 hours. It worked out great. My splits were pretty even:
Loop 1 - 2:15
Loop 2 - 2:28
Loop 3 - 2:32
Loop 4 - 2:32
Loop 5 - 2:42
Loop 6 - 2:47
Loop 7 - 2:40
Loop 8 - 2:36
|Mission accomplished! Sulphur buckle #6 in the books|
I want to thank my husband Jeff for crewing for me during the whole race. Thanks so much Adam for driving all the way from Thornhill to pace me for a loop. Thanks to all my friends and fans who cheered me on every time I came into the start/finish area. I heard from some of them that I would have won for cutest outfit :)
And a big thanks to my sponsors Hoka One One http://hokaoneone-na.com/ and Drymax socks http://www.drymaxsports.com/. Knowing that I won't have any problems with my feet gives me huge confidence going into every race and on all my runs.