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.
I found some great ultra training beer!
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.
Starting a long ultra is tricky: you have to hold yourself back from your potential to have a reserve for late race.
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.
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.
[Jackie comment… I had peanut butter all over my fingers for this photo…. and for the next few hours]
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.
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.