Really, I should just end this blog entry right now because that was it in a nutshell!
I met some great people out there. Thanks to Danni, Meghan, Steve, Brenda, Angela, Paul, Simon, Craig, Jennifer, Melissa, Gretchen, Glen and Tanya, Mike and Karyn and many others whose names I've forgotten (sorry!) for some quality time on and off the trail. You made my weekend. The running, camping and the whole experience were epic, but the people were the icing on the cake!
In total, we ran 70 miles of the Western States course, over 3 days. We were treated like gold with aid stations along the route, lots of great food and volunteers, post-run BBQ's and even massages. We enjoyed perfect hot, sunny weather for all 3 days of running and it was heavenly.
This is me, soaking wet after diving head first into the American River still wearing my hydration pack with my camera in the side pocket. Notice the fog on the bottom? Oooops. The swim was worth it. But unfortunately, I didn't have a camera for all 3 days after this. Thanks to Brenda and Steve, I got some photos.
I found each of the 3 days of running to be unique and completely different. I enjoyed the variety and the changing scenery. Day 2, I started with Danni for the first hour and an half. Shortly after, I picked up a bunch of speedy old guys and was leading the choo-choo train of old farts. It was pretty funny. Shortly afterwards, those same old farts took off and left me in the dust. Yep, as per usual I got my ass kicked by silver foxes!
I hooked up with Craig for a beautiful stretch running some beautiful terrain along the American River. The day ended with a swim in the river and a power walk up the hill with Jennifer. I was very thankfull for the BBQ that was waiting for us at the end of the day. How cool is that?
Next up: Blackfoot Ultra this weekend!
flirting?!!! Is that what you were doing on the massage table - I thought you were wincing!
That sounds like an awesome 3-day weekend to me. Just think, all you have to do is string all of those runs together...
...in one day...
...plus another 30 miles. :-)
Excellent report!!! I'm starting to awaken from my stupor. Though it's hard to tell what's normal and what's stupor with me :p
I am also awakening from my stupor but I am about to get in my car and go to ANOTHER 50km race as we speak.
Am I supposed to feel this tired? My legs still look sausage-like.
That sounds totally awesome!! My idea of a fabulous weekend for sure! Good luck and have fun at the Blackfoot Ultra this weekend!
Now that's a BIG pine cone.
Hey girl! it was so good to run with you on that last day! Sorry I wasn't able to make it to Jen's house, I know how they do it! I told her, "yah that sounds great" and then proceeded to fall asleep LOL!!!! I miss you already and hope that we can hook up the next time you come to Cali! DON'T EVER PAY FOR HOTEL WHEN YOU COME ANYWHERE NEAR SAC. My home is always open to you!
Hope your hubby had a kick ass 50 miler, was sending you good vibes all weekend!
Take care and talk soon Leslie!
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Go on. You know you wanna.
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