Chimera 40(+) miler was no joke! It was a tough and relentless course. Two 20 mile lollipop loops. Really, really, really tempting to stop at 20, you can totally see the debate in my head at the aid station picture, but since I had really no reason to stop (everything felt fine), I kept going. The last 10 miles are essentially an uphill climb and felt like a slog. Again, nothing was wrong, so I can’t complain, I just had to keep going. Then I met Alan, a legacy Chimera 100 mile runner. He literally pulled me through those last 6 miles that felt grueling. When he walked, I walked. When he ran, I ran. And then it was done. I finished. I am so grateful to him and loved his advice…consistency and Guinness.🍺Haha! It was a beautiful day on the trails and the volunteers were amazing. Grateful 🤗 to all of those that made this race happen despite the Holy Fire 🔥which burned more than 50 miles of the original course. 😢Possibly the toughest race I’ve done yet, and it’s left me questioning further distances but for now, rest and recovery are in order! 😴 Also a HUGE shoutout and CONGRATS to Jess @yogitriathlete who absolutely crushed her longest distance yet! So very proud of her!! 🙌. #chimera#chimera40#40miles#oldgoatraces#raceday#nojoke#ultramarathon#ultrarunning#trailrunning#perserverance#digdeep#commitdontquit#murca#marineultrarunners#teamBU#littlebylittle#done
Half marathon done. PR'ed by 18 minutes the last time I ran #13point1 . Finished in 2:12 which is fast for me. It's been years since I ran that fast and a road race. It's mostly been trails so kind of felt out of place lol. Definitely a different feel from trail running and different type of runners. Only downside is that my left foot injury that I got at Rocky Raccoon 100 is hurting again after the race. Hoping for it to quickly heal #orangemud#lasthorse#instarunners#fitover40#get#veteran#marineultrarunners
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