They say that running 100 miles is like experiencing a “life in a day” and I guess that is one of the reasons behind my “why.” The Georgia Jewel this weekend was filled with ups and downs (literally and figuratively) and once again left me amazed by what the human body is capable of! Some of my successes included…
1. I completed it 3 ½ hours faster than my last 100 miler and ended up 4th female, 8th overall, and 9th fastest time of the race since its inception
2. My friend @meglandyultra CRUSHED it and ran 21:03 to finish first overall and killed the course record! This was only 6 months post-partum...take note, ladies and gentleman - this is what strength, tenacity, & grit look like!
3. I didn’t get murdered by my random pacer I recruited from Facebook the week before the race. @geramiya was actually amazing and I couldn’t have done it without him! He stayed positive through my very very low spot and kept me moving through the night, supporting me every step of the last 35 miles!
4. I didn’t poop my pants. 💩
5. I didn’t take any trail naps (my pacer wouldn’t let me) 😴
6. I learned that you always have something in reserve and sometimes a shot of Fireball ☄️at mile 96.8 is all you need to run the last 3.2 miles at a fierce pace (relative, of course) to not let someone pass you so late in the race 💥(I ended up 11 minutes ahead of him - he must not have followed my lead on the Fireball at the aid station). I can only hope that’s how I leave this world when it’s my time to go – guns blazing, no inhibition, and exhausted from living my best life!🔥 And my failures…
1. SO. MUCH. CHAFING. More than anyone should have to experience in an entire lifetime. And blisters. And heat rash. Did I mention the chafing?? #gajewel100#gajewel#pinhotitrail#trailandultra#taur#ultrarunning#wmwranglers#neverstopexploring#optoutside#niketrail#ultraspire#ultimatedirection
Dude. I have had to take a couple of days to let this one sink in before I shared my experience. I am still very emotionally charged and sappy, but have toned it down enough to communicate.
I have been training for this race since May and have not at all been disciplined, albeit a slacker. I was nervous I would hit a wall or give in to the mental darkness my brain can occasionally conjure when I am feeling feeble and negative and quit or miss the 6-hour cut-off.
My choice to participate in this race was inspired by my incredible ultrarunning husband, his insane friends, and the ultra race experience I have as Queen Crew and the ultimate cheerleader. I love it and wanted to challenge my body and spirit.
Honestly, I hit some dark places after the 12-mile mark. I felt pain and exhaustion, doubted myself over and over, became dehydrated, and swore. I swore alot.
Guess what? I did this! I completed this 17-ish *read 18.09* mile mountain trail race within my goal time and did not fall one time. Pride is not something I typically embrace and I try not to toot my own horn. But, this time, I have to say I am so proud to have conquered this goal for myself. 🤩
#gajewel#momsohard#18miles#swearinggetsthingsdone#lowandslow#flashymcflasherson#ididitallforthetruckerhat#mtbaker#halfofsuccessissuck#whatsnext *delirium = posting one photo twice. Oops.
Es verdad, llegas arriba y no hay nada. La conquista de lo absurdo en su mayor expresión. Aún así seguimos subiendo, aún así seguimos sonriendo. Quien se iba a imaginar que lo haría con mi hermana sin tacones y con #zerodrop
🏞️#Andorra 👟#altrarunning 🧦#injinji 🎒#ultraspire
Yeah... That's the face of a dude who is super bummed he didn't look more into this ankle pain months ago! You live and you learn but man is this a hard one to learn 3 weeks or of your first 100 miler. Here is to little time on my feet, lots of time on the bike, and more time strengthening from here until October 13th. #liveandlearn#ultraspire#RADrabbit#archcityrunclub
Go ahead... ask me how many racers were there total? that’s what my wife asked to😂. I’m going to count this more as a finishers medal than a 3rd place. I did overcome a couple things and I did finish under my goal time. The cut off was 6hrs, I was nervous about making that but I. Finished in 4hrs 44min. This particular race had 4200ft of elevation gain..:: it kicked my butt. But all in all it was a fun day and I had a great time (even getting lost a little) thanks for putting this race together @jimmy.thomas.3304 it’s a awesome place that I never would have got to see other wise! #trailrunning#trailrunningrace#oquirrhtostansburytrailseries#beartraptrailrace#altratimps#ultraspire#hikeutah#markthatoffthelist
I was apprehensive about how I would perform at Run Rabbit Run (RRR) just two weeks after running 78 miles of UTMB. Never before had I competed in two major races so close together. It helped that I had finished RRR 4 times before, however, the course was significantly different this year. Because RRR has a $65,000 prize purse, the field was super competitive as usual (2nd most competitive 100 miler in America).
The stomach problems that shut me down at UTMB starting showing up again around mile 18. I made enough adjustments in my nutrition to avoid disaster again but my stomach plagued me for the rest of the race. So my search for the right race nutrition goes on.
Overall, the course changes are a significant improvement! Much of the road sections have been replaced with singletrack. The highlight was the new Flash of Gold trail which winds through aspen groves and offers impressive views. The evening light on the yellow leaves made me smile.
Around halfway I was in 4th place. I must confess I spent at least 15 minutes eating ramen in aid stations. I usually don’t stop to eat but ramen was one of the few things my stomach tolerated well and it’s hard to eat while running.
Just after Dry Lake (mile 70) I was surprised to see Jim Rebeneck (who won this race last year) walking back to the aid station. Jim led much of the race but decided to drop out due to stomach issues (hmmmm, sounds all too familiar). So that put Jason Schlarb in the lead, me in second, and Jeff Browning in 3rd. Jason pushed hard enough up the rocks slabs to stay out of my sight but I could see Browning’s light behind me and that kept me nervous until the finish.
So I placed 2nd for the 3rd year in a row (I guess I better win it sometime?). My 19:33 finish time is slower than my previous two finishes there but the course is more technical now so it’s hard to compare. I’m really just happy I bounced back from a disappointing UTMB and landed on the podium again!
Thanks to the race organization for another great event and to Paul Nelson @trailjunkiephotos for the photos!
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So for those of you following my journey to my first 50 km I just wanted to let you know I had to push back my attempt for a few weeks. I am unable to run Saturday at Rivers Edge but all my hard work this summer isn’t going to waste! I signed up for the Grizzly 50 km in Canmore!!! I’ve ran this course as a team twice and am pumped to be attempting it solo!
Slowly recovering from World Champs last weekend. This snap was taken by @ferretman89 on the first climb. The course was changed due to weather but the first climb still followed the original course and it was awesome to see some of what Scottish trails have to offer. @skyrunning @altrarunning_nz @compressport_new_zealand #highlands
Negociando. Con el dolor, con el tiempo, con el dinero, con mi vida. Por suerte, negociar siempre se me ha dado bien. Por eso sigo corriendo, dedico mi tiempo en aquello que me gusta, cada día debo menos dinero, y mi vida... Sigue a mi lado.
🏞️#Sanquirzedebesora 👟#altrarunning 🧦#injinji 🎒#ultraspire
Chasing my thoughts this morning... “You're braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think”
Winnie the Pooh
Your body can do almost anything~
It’s your mind you have to convince... Wishing you all a good day🤸♂️