May 11, 2011
Wild Wild West Marathon 2011
Started at 5100 feet, peaked at 6500 feet, finished at 3700 feet, 7 hours 48 minutes, 10th out of 11 in my age group (didn't finish last - woo hoo). Mindy finished 7 hours 7 minutes and 8th in our age group.
So as tough as this race was Mindy and I both said we'd do it again. We had considered the 50k for next year, but after, we both said no way on the 50k, but yes on the marathon. However, some sand training is definitely in order. Plus, I need to wear shoes not so well ventilated. I have some awesome trail shoes designed for quickly drying after going through water, well that wasn't a good thing when you're in a lot of sand. I did have to stop several times to empty my shoes which cost me time. Next year, different shoes. Plus I need to deal with my foot issues before I do this one again. But it's definitely on the calendar for next year.
Thanks again to Mindy and her mom (Mindy for running with me, her mom for driving us to the start line at 5:30a), my mom and dad (for driving me all the way to Lone Pine and back - they're awesome), my aunt and uncle (for letting me crash their pad) and for my training partners who did the distance with me when needed, Ralph and Lisa. Hugs to you all.
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FYI - I did the Apple Blossom Trail run (9 miler) the weekend before the WWW marathon and developed my very first blister EVER. But the blister was no longer an issue for the marathon, thank goodness.
This weekend I'm doing the Dirty Secret Trail Run (10 miler) with Pam. I just realized that I'm doing 3 races in 3 weeks. Ya, I'm done for a while after Saturday's race. But I'll post about it and the Apple Blossom Run too later.