Sun Mountain 80 km ultramarathon, Winthrop, Washington! Our first 50 miler!

Owner Carl at Javaman Burritos

Owner Carl at Javaman Burritos

Jackie and I have gone to Winthrop, WA, to run ultramarathons for four years in a row. A stop for burritos at Java Man Espresso and Burrito Bar is now a ritual. Quality ingredients and a friendly smile keep us coming back.

Ultratraining...

Ultratraining…

I found some great ultra training beer!

Waiting for the 7 AM start.

Waiting for the 7 AM start.

Jackie and I were both ready at the start; Jackie had ran a 19 hour race the month prior and I had a bunch of long training runs also.  The year before I was entered in the 80 km and DNF’d at 57 km as I had ran too fast down the mountains.  Not this time.

The start was fairly flat.

The start was fairly flat.

Starting a long ultra is tricky: you have to hold yourself back from your potential to have a reserve for late race.

Jackie cruising with Fiona Peters.

Jackie cruising with Fiona Peters.

The first 30 km of 80 km is through rolling ranchland before the route goes up into the mountains.  Our friend Fiona from Victoria ran with us for a while.

And here's a photo that Fiona took of us. Thanks Fiona!

And here’s a photo that Fiona took of us. Thanks Fiona!

Onto the cattle grazing land.

Onto the cattle grazing land. (Photo: Glenn Tachiyama)

Long uphill.

Long uphill.

Jackie had purchased a new water bottle to augment her Camelback, as seen above and below while she ate a peanutbutter and jam sandwich from an aid station.

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Jackie reverting to her childhood… drinking from a sippy cup and eating PB&J

[Jackie comment… I had peanut butter all over my fingers for this photo…. and for the next few hours]

Running through cattle fields.

Running through cattle fields.

Cowboys keeping the cattle away from the runners.

Cowboys keeping the cattle away from the runners.

Where we ran through the cattle fields there were cowboys making sure the herd stayed away from the trail. I forgot to put amemory card into my camera before we left, so we have no photos from the rest of the course.

Dave and me, finishing our first-ever 50-mile race at Sun Mountain WA last week.

Finishing our first-ever 50-mile race at Sun Mountain WA. (Photo: Glenn Tachiyama)

At about 50 km Jackie’s Achilles tendon started to bother her, and then up at the top of the second-last big hill her knee started acting up too, so we stopped running and switched to walking fast for the last 20 km, and I foraged for some walking sticks. In spite of that, we finished in 12:02 – very pleased to have completed our first 50-mile ultramarathon feeling great! Sun Mountain is a beautiful course – especially this time of year – and I’m sure we’ll be back here again.

Done!

Done!

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  1. #1 by Lynn Kenneth Pecknold on June 4, 2015 - 7:22 am

    Looking Good, Walking and Running – Inspiring Pair!

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