I ran the race with my partner in crime, Vanessa. We went into it feeling a little uncertain. I have been dealing with a hamstring issue since the San Diego Half Marathon on 3/13. I have high hamstring tendinopathy, which is a chronic tendinitis-like condition in the tendons connecting the top of the hamstrings to the pelvis underneath the glutes. Anyway, it was bothering me the whole week leading up to the 50K and I was nervous about the race. Vanessa had a bad case of bronchitis and was worried about how she would do as well. Thankfully, we both made it through.
We left super early, at 4:15am and got to the race at about 6:00am. We checked in and met up with various friends in the clubhouse of the Stagecoach Trails RV park, which hosts the start/finish of the race. The Shelter Valley Citizens' Corporation put on this race and they had a nice breakfast spread for us and an even better finish line lunch (more on that later). As the sun rose, we checked in, chatted with friends and geared up for the race. I got to meet fellow InknBurn ambassador Kristina. This was her first 50K and she was super excited! She did awesome! I also got to see Tam, another InknBurn ambassador that I met at the LA Marathon. This was her first 30K and she kicked some butt!
|Tam, Kristina and me at the start!|
|Jenny, Vanessa and me at the start!|
|Climbing out of the desert basin!|
As we made it back out to the main desert road with just about a mile left, we were starting to pick up the pace. We knew Jenny would have a 50K PR so we were hauling as best we could after running 30+ miles. And then her hubby Sean came running up to run us into the finish. Can I just say, they're the cutest? Anyway, Sean ran with us to the finish, snapped a bunch of cute pics and then finally, we saw that sight for sore eyes (and lungs - dry desert air is no joke). Man, it felt good to finish.
|This was horse country!|
|Rounding the corner to the finish. Jenny running down a PR!|
|Sean, Jenny, Vanessa, me and Geezer Larry at the finish!|
Once finished, we headed in for the finish line food! Man, what a spread. There was a nacho bar, some pasta, potato soup, chicken soup, salads and even cake! It was great. After stuffing our faces, we cleaned up a bit, changed into our race shirts and headed home. It was a nice drive through east San Diego County back home.
|Red race shirt and awesome "medal"|
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Overall, I really enjoyed this race. It was well organized and easy to get to. The before and after spreads were great, the volunteers were nice and I love the race medal made of leather! What I didn't love was the sand and the heat. But, if you want to run through the desert, I guess you have to put up with a little heat and sand, right?