(apologies for my lack of detail, i am writing this a month after the race. a couple days before the race i got my offer letter for this new job. it’s been a bit crazy since then, and i have been slacking.)
half of the trail training group signed up for mt disappointment. the other half signed up for a race in san fransisco. i was traveling in may/june/august for races, so i decided to stay local for july.
the morning of the race, i woke up at 3:30 am and left the house at 4:30 am to meet jimmy and jean at 5:00 am. two carpools planned to meet at the bottom of the mountain to drive up together. we all met in the parking lot, split into two cars, then drove up the mountain.
we got to the top at 5:28 am. there were volunteers directing cars where to park, and once we parked, one volunteer wanted to talk to our driver, jimmy. he opened the window and the guy asked how many runners were in the car. he said, “three.” the volunteer then handed jimmy three $5 bills, one for each of us. i didn’t realize it, but they had an incentive to get people to carpool up the mountain. sweet!
we checked in. jimmy had picked up my bib, shirt, and free inov8 buff a couple days before so i didn’t have to worry about that (whew). the fleet feet crew ate pretzels, watched the sunrise, lathered up in sunscreen, drank water, and took pictures in the parking lot.
the race started at 7:03 am. the first couple miles were downhill on the road. i met a woman from sf (funny, our group went up there and her group came down to los angeles) and we talked on and off during the race. at about 2.6 miles, we got onto the trail. then a mile later, there was a steep hill. that was not fun. everyone around me was walking.
i hit the peak of that hill at around 4 miles and then had a nice downhill for basically the next 6 miles.
(this is where i probably would have had more detail if i hadn’t waited so long to write this).
at around 10.6 miles, i hit the final aid station. i knew that after this aid station was straight uphill for 5 miles. i didn’t fill up with water because i still had some (mistake) and only took a couple snacks before starting up the hill. the woman from sf was with me at the start of the uphill but she took off. there was also a guy behind me but he dropped way behind me. so i was alone for at least 4 miles of the 5 mile climb. i climbed 2.6k ft in those 5 miles and i started to get in my own head. it was brutal.
with about a half mile left, a guy and girl started to catch up to me so that pushed me to the finish line.
i finished in 3:38. i was happy with it, i felt strong. i got some food (they had people making sandwiches and handed out chips, drinks, and another inov8 buff) and talked to some fleet feet friends. i got to cheer meghan at the finish and ran jean and katrin in from the base of the finish line.
after resting for a bit, i filled up my pack bladder and two water bottles and started down the hill. at this point only the first three 50k finishers had made it to the end. i started running down the hill to find jimmy. my plan was to meet him at the aid station at the bottom of the hill and help him up the brutal hill. as i went down the hill, i ran into a couple friends and many strangers. i had so much fun being a mini aid station/morale boost. by the bottom of the hill, i had given out all of my water and an electrolite chew. minutes after i got to the bottom and started filling my bottles back up, jimmy arrived at the aid station.
we chugged up the hill, meeting a couple odd characters on the way. it was brutal, especially after he had already run 25 miles in the sun. i told jokes and we talked about unreal (the lifetime tv show). at the top of the hill, we saw many familiar faces and all ran jimmy to the finish line.
it was a really brutal race, but the friendly faces made it a great experience.