|Passing through several boulder fields as we reached the top, or what we thought was the top|
The key to survival? Lower intensity running, lots of sleep (could have done better here), icing and massage.
This was my second scouting run for the Plain 100 mile race, and spanned most of the second half of the race, about 40 miles and included the entire second lollipop of the course, without doing the last 7 miles, which you do first anyway (an out-and-back). James joined me 7 miles in as he wanted a slightly shorter run. This left our car at the top of the stem of the lollipop so that I didn't need to run the tedious 7 mile out and back again.
I knew it was going to be a little tougher to run this section of Plain. I was coming off a 114 mile training week and just the day before we ran an amazing 18 miles in the Enchantments. The Enchantments run was well worth feeling tired on this run.
|Running the first 7 miles, like my hairdo?|
|There are a bunch of toads around here. Kissing the toad...|
|...until he peed or let some liquid go on my hand.|
|One of the water sources on the way up|
|Dude, James brought the goods!!|
|This is a picture of the second time we got off course, despite having a map and race description. First time was in the first 7 miles, I almost did a nice 2 mile loop. Time to back track!|
|Thank god! The top, only 33 miles in. Know what that means? Steep and technical descent!|
|Beginning the descent|