Saturday, May 06, 2006

5/6/06 Wild Wild West - Lone Pine, CA

Some people never learn: Running at 6,000 feet altitude isn't easy for a sea level city girl. Luckily, I entered the 10 mile race, not the marathon or 50K, so I kept the suffering to a minimum. I did the same event two years ago with a time of 1:37. This year was 1:32 which was good enough for 1st place female and 3rd place overall. I was pleased considering I played a hockey game the night before and got about two hours of sleep. There was a grueling three mile climb at the start with lots of sand. Miles 5-7 had some speedy downhills, but every now and then, a patch of soft sand would interrupt an otherwise nice steady pace: "left, right, left, rrrrrriiiiiiiiigght... left, right." It was almost as comical as inadvertently swallowing herds of mosquitos. My theory on why I didn't bonk: the mosquitos must have been full of GU and Cytomax that they injested from sucking on other runners' blood.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Very tormenting finish. The last two miles were uphill.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting If I remember correctly, I'm saying "Got air?"

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Well at least I didn't just have heart surgery a few weeks ago like some people... At this rate, I may need the number for his cardiologist!

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Don Feinstein & John "I've Got Heart" Holcomb.

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Santa Monica Mountain Goats: Scott, Elena & Christian.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting The Happy Couple: Dana & John. He won the 10 mile and she was third in her division.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Angela & Staci at the Whitney Portal Waterfall.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting You know you are tired when sitting on a chair made from skis is actually comfortable...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have yet to run a marathon but have trained numerous times for one. Shin splints and lately, plantar fasciatus (sp?} have been my nemesis. If I run this race in 07, it's going to mean more treadmill training. Love your site. Interesting and yes inspiring.