|photo by Kevin Patterson|
I have not been running enough recently to race at my potential. A backpacking trip with Chamoun and a camping/fishing/hunting trip with my wife and father-in-law were both awesome, but kept me from training. But I wouldn't take back those trips for the world. I needed a little respite from running and spending quality time with a close friend and family out in the mountains... does it get any better than that? These trips kept me fit, but my running muscles kind of disappeared. I knew going into the race that I wasn't as prepared as I normally am, so I focused on a healthy diet a week out, including no beer, to keep my weight down and keep me feeling fresh - it worked. I felt fairly fresh and I enjoyed seeing what I was capable of "off the couch" so to speak.
|photo by Billy Yang|
The RD, Molly, put on a smooth event with a huge cash purse. It was no surprise that someone like Tim Tollefson, a 2:18 marathoner, showed up and claimed the $1,600 first place prize. Caroline Boller won the woman's field and finished 8th overall.
My Hoka Clifton's worked perfectly. They're light, responsive, stable on the rocky stuff, and have plenty of cushion for running down steep hard fire roads. Great all around shoes.
|Jesse spending his cash prize for finishing 4th on pulled pork nachos for us at Hapa J's. Thanks Jesse!|
So what's next? It was fun jumping into a fast race like this one, even if smooth and fast races aren't my forte. But the big mountains are calling. I think I'll slip into my Rapa Nui's, throw my backpack on and go play around in the Sierra's before the snow flies (Hardrock is only 278 days away)!