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!