Sunday, September 23, 2007

Did it, despite my best intentions :)


Well, somehow, I managed to finish the diablo course, in an hour and nine minutes less than last time!!! It took us 8 hours and one minute to finish the race course, and it was altogether brutal. I tried to give up about 10 times, but Ernesto and Laura kept me going, telling me they didn't mind waiting for me, that the beginning was brutal and it'd get better, that my legs are strong and so is my mind, that this will all be worth it for dick collins, and that I just had to take it a chunk at a time. Peer pressure amongst ultrarunners is really an awesome thing :) I really really didn't think I could finish this and fully intended to just do the summit and back for 16, as within the first 15 minutes my legs were dying and I just felt horrible. I really struggled through most of it, but enjoyed the last 8 miles a lot (Except for a brutal uphill) and felt amazing to finish. It was really great training and I am so thankful to Ernesto and Laura for not letting me give up all the times I wanted to. I definitely couldn't have done it without them. Here's a video of us on eagle peak (playing with my new camera :) relatively unsuccessfully done, but it can be used as a comparison to the later videos I'll hopefully do once I get better at the camera. At this point in the day, we were about 3 miles in and I hated life and running :) Luckily by the end I was in love with Diablo once again! I'll do a full race report later, as there's lots to say, but for now, here's a glimpse into the day




Here's one link and another link to my pictures!

7 comments:

Backofpack said...

Way to go! Good for you for sticking it out and what great friends to help you do it!

Sarah said...

Right on! It can be so much sweeter when you accomplish something when you think you can't. That's great!

Donald said...

Great run, Addy. It WILL be worth it at Firetrails. You're ready.

Bob Gentile said...

I look up that race more in details Diablo...YES thats a tough one and some steep climbs...great job Addy and very cool trail buddies you had to help you get through it!!

More validation on what a great community Ultra runners are huh:-)

Taper well !! Ur ready!! that was some good mental training on pushing forward when the body says No.

Jessica Deline said...

way to knock some major time off that run!

Kim said...

Ok, you felt you couldn't finish, legs were dying, it was brutal........and you still ran this 1.09 hours faster than last year??


AWESOME!!!!!
You're ready for dc!

Jessica Deline said...

ok. seriously. this specific post shows up new in my bloglines like every 8 hours...

Oh - and have fun this weekend!! :)