This year was another solo effort, but I was joined in the solo running by Kyle and Scott (both training for their first 100s this summer) Cat, and Sam. Also along for the fun were Maddie, Sarah and Leah (Kyle's daughters) Celeste, Jen, Dan and Danny. So although I was running solo, I knew it wouldn't be too lonely.
It was a beautiful morning and the day promised to be hot. We took out together on the first lap at a casual pace knowing it would be a long day ahead. I was quickly reminded of how stunning the lanscape is here and I was so glad to know that I had the whole day and the night to be outside under the warm sun and bright stars admiring the beautiful vistas with good friends while I challenged myself to run as far as I could.
I ran the first three laps on and off with Sam, Cat, Scott and Kyle. As the day went on we spread out as a result of different paces, break times, and taking care of the kids, bt we'd still pass eachother out on the course (odd laps were run clockwise and even counter-clockwise, so there were always people going in both directions)
Kyle and I regrouped and ran my10th lap together, finishing 54 miles in just under 12 hours.
|starting out lap 10 with some additional company who were on their way|
to the creek to make mud pies
|Cat, smiling and moving steadily forward as always|
|Kyle hitting the point of his longest run ever!|
|. . . and he keeps on going.|
|Sam heading out for another lap late in the day|
|Maddie was awsome all weekend. Here she is running me in on lap 10.|
|10 laps down. Photo: Maddie May|
At the awards in the morning, I was glad to see Scott and Sam and Kyle, who had all gone out for a final early morning lap and were feeling good about the day's accomplishments. I took home the 3rd place medal for the men's 24 hour solo division. Cat took home the women's 2nd place medal. Scott and Kyle both ran farther than they ever had before. Sam, Jen, Celeste, Dan and Danny all had a good day out running in a beautiful place. The girls sang, danced, jumped rock to rock all the way around the campground and made amazing poop-shaped mudpiles in the creek. A wonderful weekend outside with so many good friends doing what we all love to do.