Running has given me so many amazing memories. It has allowed me to truly discover who I am and what I am made of. Through running, I have traveled to some of the most beautiful destinations and made a lot of great friends along the way. This blog is dedicated to telling those stories.
This stage is always a tough one for me, well half of it
anyways. I can remember when Peter and I did it in 09’ and I slogged up the
hill, however we kicked ass down the hill, finishing in 2:05. I think then
though the stage was only 10 miles.
The day was blue bird, so gorgeous! I had a really bad sleep
the night before and I just had dead legs to start the day. I guess I wasn’t
the only one feeling like this however because we were leading a train of about
8 men behind us. We “power hiked” the entire way up and I was so happy to reach
the top. The air was thin up at 12,500 ft but the views were breathtaking.
There were even some llamas at the top!
The downhill was just as fun as I remember but I ran it a
bit slower today. Shauna was the powerhouse today and led the way from start to
finish. I had a really tough time nutritionally as well and found it hard to
get in enough calories. I find the altitude makes it a little bit harder to
eat. In the end, we came in 2nd in our category in a time of 2:58.
Gordy, (invented the 100mile rune) and I
Ryan Sutter, for anyone who is not familiar with this guy,
is the winner of the first ever bachelorette. And, he is the only winner still
with his mate. This was many years ago but I watched that entire season , so I
am very familiar with who he is. He and his TRR partner were with us most of
the day but I didn’t even realize it was them. We ended up soaking our legs in
the lake together and I had to tell him how I had watched his entire season,
plus the TV wedding! Soaking the legs was great and this one guy dove in and it
just looked so refreshing, so I did the same. Heaven!
The open womens top 3
Shauna and I spent the day in Leadville and had some awesome
pizza from high mountain pies. Dinner was scrumptious as usual and it was great
getting to see all the video and photos from the day. Hopefully my legs will
feel better tomorrow…after all the food I’ve consumed today, I better hope so!