***Danni has been more diligent than I about posting her experiences at Bighorn as the Leslie Pacer - her post and thoughts are here.
I've been a busy girl with a return road trip from Wyoming and jumping back into work. No time for a race report or much else! On my facebook account, I left this message which pretty much sums up my thoughts post-100 Miler:
"Aaaah, Wyoming. I love you, your prettty places, your friendly people and your big sprawling skys. I got the Ultimate 100 Mile Tour. Thank you kind people of the Bighorn Ultra! You've got yourselves a helluva' little runny-run going on down there."
That's me "hike-a-running" as the sun comes up at 5:00 in the AM somewhere in the Bighorn Mountains. It sure was beautiful out there. I'd be lying if I said it was easy, but there were moments of big smiles and elation as I cruised along the trail. There were also moments of frustration and grumpiness and feeling sorry for myself. But I'll get to all of that when I write up a race report.
For now, I'll tell you this: I finished! Woohoo!
Some numbers from this years 2010 edition of the Bighorn 100 Mile Trail Race:
35 ladies started
As for me, I finished 12th out of those 17 ladies and took 31 hours and 33 minutes to get my butt to the finish line. I was pretty darn happy to reach that finish line and even managed to finish feeling pretty strong. I've certainly got lots to learn when it comes to running a 100 miles - it's an ongoing experiment of one. I'm enjoying it.
Danni was kind enough to join me for the last 50 miles and her company was appreciated, enjoyed and a welcome distraction. Thanks, Danni! Angela was a fantastic road trip companion and also managed to get herself to the finish line. I'll say this: I sure have met some great people through this little trail running habit of mine. My friends are super stars! Thanks everyone, for a great weekend.
Race report to come as soon as this fog in my brain clears.... :)