|James and I prepare rebar signs for the race course|
|50k course profile|
Something about getting sick and taking time off from running diminished my motivation. Only temporarily though, and as YSR appraoched I decided to continue to train all the way up to the race. I have always disliked tapering for races, and because it was so early in the season it seemed like a good idea to try to keep my mileage high. James and I marked the course two days before the race (on Friday) running from the race's mile 15.5 to the finish, a good 15.5 miles at an easy pace, and carrying rebar arrow markers, a good arm workout!
Saturday was another full day of volunteering for the race. I spent most of the day shopping for race food and supplies then cooking huge batches of chicken, onions, rice, vegetables, and potatoes. The food was prepared for the after race meal and the potatoes for the aid stations. We also picked up the kegs from a local brewery. There was a lot to do, but with all the help, we were all done by dinner time and a group of us hung out eating pizza, before getting a full night's sleep. What a nice change from Gorge Waterfall's two hours of sleep!
Brilliant East side sunshine greeted me race morning! The sky was perfectly clear. What a incredible bit of luck considering that all week the forecast had called for 40% chance of rain! Temperatures at the start line were in the 30's, but quickly rose during the run. It felt like they reached the low 70s by the second aid station at mile 10 (about 10am). The course as tough as usual, but I wouldn't have traded being out there running those trails for anything! It was fun to run with friends and really nice to have aid stations since every other time I ran this course I was lacking in food, water, or both.
|Candice running the section between mile 10.5 and 15.5. Photo courtesy Glenn Tachiyama. To purchase his photos visit his website at: http://www.pbase.com/gtach/running|
The last 5 miles dragged on! How did I forget about all those little up and downs? By this point in the race my legs were tired enough to notice even the most gentle slopes. Although my legs were tired, they were not sore. I felt pretty loose and finished strong cruising thorugh the very steep last 2 miles. I finished in 7 hours 36 minutes, a full hour slower than my run at Orcas Island 50k, but I think that this race is THAT much harder than Orcas!
A video I took on the day we marked the course showing the flooded Yakima River
Here are some pictures of James, me and the course that I took on the day we marked the course. I didn't take my camera with me for the race, so I don't have any pictures from race day.
|King of the Hill: James on the YSR near what will be aid station 2 at mile 10.5|
|Near Aid station #2, mile 10.5 and mile 20.5|
|Rebar course markings|
|train passes by the Yakima River, close to the YSR trail where it dips down after the first major descent (around mile 7)|
|Orange ribbon marks the barely there trail|
|some flowers on the course and my Inov-8 315's. I wore them for the race, they were great!|
|James carries a backpack full of rebar signs|
|It's warming up!! Isn't he cute?!|
|We spent a good amount of time on the hillsides throwing rocks off the trail. It took us 6 hours to run/walk the 15.5 miles. Boy, I get all the good views!|
|More incredible views|
|River is muddy and swollen from flooding|
|finished course marking!|