|Just one of the many beautiful views around the island of the Great Salt Lake.|
Joshua and I started kicking around the idea of doing the Antelope Island Buffalo Run back in November when we did The Burn and gained a love of hill running. We thought about doing the 50 miler, but quickly decided that was nuts, even for us. So then we thought about the 50k and at some point decided even 32 miles was too ambitious for us right now and moved quickly to the 25k (16ish miles). To train we started doing lots of stairs and worked on hill runs. This was a great plan and all was going well (I was even shaving time off my pace!) until my husband was promoted and transferred to Orem and we were put into the position of selling our home and buying a new one, all while Mark commuted the almost 80 miles each way to work. We were assured that our house would take 30-45 days to sell, but it sold in 24 hours and we have been playing catch-up since. We are now moving this coming weekend, an awesome place to be when you are planning on a 16+ mile race. Oh, and did I mention I got a cold that lasted almost 3 weeks that got my lungs? That was fun. Needless to say, I hadn't ran but twice in the month leading up to the race. But I felt calm about the race and knew I had 9.5 hours to finish, so I knew I would be okay.
|Joshua and I at the start. Naive, but completely excited to go.|
|Running into Janet is always a thrill.|
What a sweet spirit.
After eating all the calories we just burned, Joshua and I headed out on the 5 mile loop that would bring us back to the aid station. Some people didn't like the flat part of this loop, but Joshua and I were so happy to see it. After refueling, we were able to make a great pace and actually were plotting doing crazy things like 50k's and 50 milers. But soon the flat ended and we started up the famed switchbacks we were warned about. I didn't feel they were that bad of a climb. More boring than hard. However, it was hard to be too grumpy because each turn allowed us to see more and more of the Great Salt Lake, which is AMAZING!
|I feel bad Joshua and I couldn't help him more. |
I am glad he recovered okay.
|Some people are so fast. I plan to be|
like that someday.
|Flat, but powdery and hard to trudge through.|
|At some point in the race I almost fell|
off the side of the trail and all I could think was "I need a porta-potty!
The headlines will read 'Jogger Killed In Fall, Pees Pants.'"
|Addison coming to get me.|
BEST SIGHT IN THE WORLD!
|Addison dragging my|
I was able to take some medication and take a small nap on the ride home and came back to life in the stress relieving aromatherapy bath/shower (a shower where you sit in the plugged tub. It's the healing soak of a bath with the soothing effect of a shower. Win/win I say!). I started feeling much better after all of that and even started thinking about all the food I wanted to eat, which was all the food in the world!
|My good friend Camille welcoming me home.|