Back in November of 2015 I wrote a post, titled “First and Last in 2016,” and in it, I was already calling 2016, “The Year of the Ultras.” It felt very strange reading this old post because while some things turned out slightly differently than how I imagined, I’m amazed at how much 2016 actually panned out.
I went into Javelina Jundred — my first 100 mile race — feeling as prepared as I could be. When I started to look at the 10-day forecast, the Phoenix area had a high of 77 degrees Fahrenheit, and wouldn’t that have been nifty if it actually stayed that way? But as each day passed and inched closer to race day, the temperature also increased. When I arrived on Thursday, there was a record setting temperature of 100 degrees that day, but I didn’t let it phase me. I trained for the heat and I had no control over what it is. All I knew was, Saturday was going to be a hot one, but I didn’t know what I was in for. But isn’t that the whole point of me doing 100 miles? To find out.
You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have my Miwok 100K race recap! Aha! You thought I was going to say “the facts of life” didn’t you? Actually I understand there may be a generation gap not aware of the old 80’s tv show “The Facts of Life” but trust me, that first sentence definitely applies to the race I just had.
Since this weekend is Mother’s Day, I’m going to share with you what my mom always tells me whenever I feel any ounce of nervousness: Don’t Worry.
And that’s my approach to the Miwok 100K. I’m not going to worry. Even with rain in the forecast.
In a few days I’ll be attempting my longest race distance at the Miwok 100K. In truth I have no idea what to expect, and that’s a scary, yet exciting aspect to running this race, this distance, and ultras in general. Because THIS. This, is all new territory!
There were a couple of great reasons for me to run the Leona Divide 50K. One reason was for me to tie up loose ends, and seek redemption at a race which was supposed to be my first ultra marathon when it turned out to be my first DNF. Another reason had something a little bigger on the line and that is, it served as a training run for my next race, the Miwok 100K. Leona was going to give me a snapshot of what I might be up against when I face my longest race distance yet coming up in a few short weeks, but I’ll get to that in another post because this is all about Leona.
Going into this running year and planning my training for the BIG race, Javelina Jundred, I knew every race I signed up for would have a purpose. No novelty just-for-the-heck-of-it races are on my agenda, so you won’t see me signing up for a “Run for Churros 5K” or a “Taco Taco 10K.” Wait, do those exist?
Unless they’re long distances, forgettaboutit. One race I put at the top of my list was the Leona Divide 50K.
Ohhhh the magical world of UltraSignup. If you ever find yourself on this site — beware. You could find yourself gazing deep into it’s Hot List and the Deal pages’ eyes and before you know it, 8 hours of your life have passed by and you didn’t even stop for snacks. If I could describe UltraSignup in one word it’s, addicting, and it could be a fair assumption, a lot of trail runners feel the same way.
Going into the San Diego 50, I had a few main goals in mind: don’t die, don’t get injured, don’t hear any coyotes howling, have fun, and finish…in one piece. I’d like to say I succeeded on ALL of those, but there was one particular goal, I just couldn’t avoid.
In a matter of minutes, it seems, I’ll be toeing the line at my second 50 Mile race, the San Diego 50. As of right now, I’m experiencing a flurry of emotions — a little nervousness tied in with a little excitement — okay, that’s pretty much it. Seeing as I participated in this race last year, I find myself in the middle of knowing what’s to come, but not having a clue as to what’s to come.
What’s the course going to be like? What can I expect at the aid stations? What’s the weather going to be like?