It's been quite the year and this picture sort of captures the gist of it--exhausted but ready for 2018 and all it has in store for me. 😂🤦🏼♀️
As much of an a**hole as 2017 was at times, it also brought a lot of wonderful things to be grateful for. Thank you to @thedenuch and my friends and family for support through it all and to @victorysportdesign @hokaoneone and @runinrabbit for the support and encouragement to dream big and run far. Thank you to my 2017 athletes who have trusted me with THEIR running goals, allowed me to become a coach boasting a full roster of awesome and inspiring athletes and CONGRATS to so many of them for the PR's, BQ's, adventures and running/racing accomplishments they've all had throughout the year. And of course, so much gratitude for @ritualhotyoga for giving me a home as a full time yoga teacher and for being understanding and adaptable when it comes to accommodating other aspects of my life into a work/life balance. 🤸♂️
Chris took this photo after my 100-mile race at Javelina a couple of months ago and I remember being so tired I couldn't move. I laid down on the cot, my throat and mouth completely numb from the dry desert air and my feet, legs and hips in an insurmountable level of pain. He said he wanted a photo of me with my buckle and I basically just stared at him as he put it on my stomach and took what is probably the worst photo of me ever, but also the most accurate portrayal of what happens about an hour after you finish a 100-miler. #100milesisstupidlong 😩
Javelina: 2 Vivian: 0
Almost 2 months later and I can finally think about this day without shedding some tears. Javelina was tough but what happened afterwards was tougher. I left Arizona on crutches, went through a major running meltdown, and currently waiting for my MRI appointment.
But what can I say? 🤷🏽♀️ Sometimes you win some, you lose some, and sometimes you don't finish some.
Happy to end the season running miles 90 to 100 last weekend. My legs felt solid and I hope this continues as I begin training for 2018. My race recovery has gone really well. Next up: #BlackCanyon100K in about 100 days. Btw - my pacer Mindy takes 👌 photos! #trainingforultra
Still reflecting on the fact that I completed 100 Miles! I had my share of 50k and 50 mile distances where I felt like I was licking my wounds to get to the finishline.
My training was unconventional and my health was compromised with the gallstones. Yet, I was healed and my mileage in training counted. Huge thanks to my coach, The Queen! Sticking with me and never letting off the gas. @runningmegleg
Loop 1 was simple and strategic. Run a mile and walk a mile. Playing cat and mouse with runners for 22 miles. “See you in a few minutes!” Many people charged on as the temperature rised. I was shooting for 5-5 1/2 hours ideally (5:14)
Loop 2 Keep Cool. Javelina gets hot. I let 40 some odd people just fly by in the heat of the day. But that’s because it takes a lot of work to keep 195 lbs cool.
Loop 3 Survive my First 100k Ever! Left leg started getting hard and heavy. Movement became work. I matched my fastest 50 Miler on trail speed wise. My payoff was going to be seeing my pacer and drinking a @dutchbrosarizona cold brew! Motivation and purpose. I also started taking names.
Loop 4 Game Time. Myles and I set out with a mission. To make this loop count. The 6.5 mile stretch has the most difficult terrain of the whole course. I told him I will probably do terrible in this section. My slowest Miles was there. We managed to finish the loop an hour ahead of cutoff. 5am. A quick stop and we took off into the last two hours of darkness.
Loop 5 Get er Done! Determination. Humor was no longer my friend. Bossiness was needed. My pacer Myles thought we had till 11 am to finish and kept worrying about pace till my 96! I knew he was thinking this but said nothing because I didn’t just want to look like I came to get a qualifier. I came to run 100 Miles. As we passed several people and moved closer my leg was very alarming. It was twice the size of the other calf. I just knew I could run. We pressed into the last for miles like it was our first 4 Miles. As we got in sight I knew Inhad to sprint to break 29 hours so I did. 28:59:46 official time! Call it what you may but I ran smart, I listened to my coach and pacer. 📸 credit: @howiesternphoto