A few weeks ago I ran a mountain marathon and loved it. I ran up 2225 meters to the top of Idaho Peak and back down covering 45km. I started out strong and didn’t stop. I felt confident and was so joyful moving through the incredible scenery.
I was a little apprehensive about attacking the mountain with a few concerns I might trash my quads before the downhill. But I wanted to push myself and see how hard I could go. Just awhile ago my peer Joanna Ford won the Sinister 7 and her willingness to push beyond what she thought possible inspired me. (Her race was epic….mine a little less). Thus I never stopped moving or pushing. Anytime I slowed down I told myself to pick up the pace.
When I topped out on the summit the view was amazing. I was able to catch sight of the starting line at the lake taking in how far and high I had travelled. It was a pretty cool perspective.
At that point I was sitting in third overall- I pumped my fists in excitement and opened up my legs for the long journey towards the finish line. Aware of the rising temperatures I managed to eat a few pretzel sticks to maintain salt levels and continually chanted, “quick feet, stay strong” whilst singing praises of such a beautiful day.
I crossed the finish line, first female and third competitor overall. Wahoo! I finished the day celebrating with Steve and his great victory of 3rd!
A big thanks to Vince De Vito Shoes for the prize of my new runners. And a big thanks to the organizers and the volunteers for such a great event.