I’m starting to think about MdS as a restful vacation with a bit running thrown in. I’m not underestimating the desert...
Bandera 2016 in the Books, Odysseus, and Fan FictionLiza
Hello from my bed, where I hope to spend many hours today eating snacks.
It was a good day at Bandera. I ran 25 minutes slower than my best time in 2011, but I put together the best race I’ve run out there with 4:50 for the first 50k and 5:10 for the second. Usually, I run the first half a lot faster and spend the second half falling apart — lying behind sotol plants crying and vomiting. But this year, my stomach was solid. The weather was beautiful. And I only thought about how nice it would be to sit down and cry once. I ended up 4th female and First Older Lady. So besides wanting to drop more than I’ve ever wanted to drop at a race before, there’s not too much to report. Except that, whoa boy, did I want to drop. If Odysseus had been an ultrarunner, I know exactly what the Sirens would have been calling out to him.
I didn’t have to go so far as to lash myself to anything (or anyone) to keep going, but it was close. More about that, some good stories, and an honest-to-goodness training evaluation tomorrow. (Also, are these people wearing sunscreen?)
Big congratulations to Cassie Scallon on the course record!
Thank you all for your good wishes for this race. It made a big difference.
Thank you to Tailwind for the solid stomach, Drymax for the socks and my blister-free feet, UltrAspire for my tiny racing pack, and New Balance for the Vazee Trails, which are very orange and work so well on the Bandera rocks.
In the meantime, there is this:
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You are welcome.