|The gain is not what makes it the "toughest 50."|
My decision to run the Zane Grey 50 was a hastily chosen one. I say this because of my necessity to race after the demise of the Lake Sonoma 50, to well, Lake Sonoma. As I mentioned in my last post I have the worlds worst short term memory, and now I know I have the worst long term memory as well.
|If you get the chance to look away from the trail.|
|Good thing it was marked!! After seven of these ravine's look for number eight.|
|She said it was useless (2003) and that was the last time I got on a post race massage table.|
|Clean shaven and probably much wiser.|
I thought about breaking my time from 2003 but those last miles drug on and all that misstepping left me a couple minutes short. I think I like the consistency though. 8:36 : 8:38 , 8 years apart.
As we waited around for finishers I was reminded of why I love ultras. Immediate reflection is needed after such a dramatic experience, perhaps just a moment to soak it all in, and thankfully that was fulfilled under pines, rim and quiet sunshine of the eastern terminus of the Highline trail. As the sun began to set friends filtered in and reveled in the accomplishment of the day. Ian found a smile after hours of physical anguish but I know his finish meant a little more because of it. Carly joined me sight unseen and rallied as only she knows how to do. A stellar 12:36 to catapult her into Miwok, which she'll undoubtably run faster as well. I think I heard her exclaim her legs weren't even beat up! All the culprits are found here, and would have not made it without the help of the numerous volunteers on the course and behind the scenes. Thanks again Joe!
|Even the best fall victim.|
|Congratulating the juggernaut. In this photo he JUST returned from changing and getting a drink and making a phone call and ordering a burger.......|
|Yes, he was smiling at finish #9.|
|I don't think this was a smile?|