Getting the weekend off was almost as hard as trying to get in training miles. Working the graveyard shift with minimal staffing leaves one with limited possibilites when it comes to covering days off. After some complicated trading, I did manage to get the weekend off.
Now, the training...
We entered tthe SJT 50K as the training run for WTC. 30 miles the weekend before another 30 miler...And we tried to run SJT with very little mileage under the belt because of all the rain and trail closures. We managed to crawl through the first loop-19 miles, before calling it quits. Could we finish WTC? Doubts started to fill my mind.
The week of the race, we anxiously googled the weather for Cool, CA daily. hourly...
Rain predicted for the drive up, and even on race day. Highs in the 50's, lows in the 40's. brrrrrr....
Started packing by throwing in whatever cold weather running gear I could find (Chimera-ish). Tights, fleece, gore-tex, drymax etc.
Friday morning, as I drove to Rick's house, I listened to the radio, tuned to a news station to get traffic updates. Tsunami warnings? Earthquake in Japan?? Whats going on?? I call home and warn Matt about some tsunami warnings. We'd gone to bed early, and missed the evening news on Thursday night. As I listen to the radio, I miss the turn off to Ricks street, and drive around a bit lost for about 15 minutes. Finally arrive and ask him what he knows about the earthquake. He's in the dark too, and wonders if he should wake up Karen. We decided to start out and monitor the news, get more info before getting too worried about this. There were tsunami alerts for parts of the OC coast. Waves were expected to be small, and of no real consequence to us. My thoughts turned to my coworkers-we work for a hospital on the coast of Newport Beach, I think we are one of the official tsunami shelters-I give the lab a call to see whats up. Happily Benny reported that nothing much is going on. Business as usual.
Saturday morning, is beautiful! Perfect weather for a run!! Mostly blue skies with starting temps in the upper 40's. Most runners start with jackets and long sleeves, but peel them off during the first mile.
The new course had us running an 8 mile loop back to the start. We hit our first water crossing there. Remembering last year, I didn't want to waste time keeping my feet dry, so plowed through the middle of the creek while others tiptoed across stones. Drymax socks are the BEST!!
|one of many waterfalls along the course|
|31 miles of muddy fun!|
A successful end to what was a pretty eventful week.
Rick has Old Goats 50 miler this week. He ran so easily at WTC, I think he will have a great race.
Oh, Congrats to Lauren on completing the SJT 50K!! You're one tough lady!!