|Right before the start of the Skyline 50. Excited, but COLD! Hence...the crazy moeben sleeves and strained look on my face! We're not in AZ anymore! HaHa!|
Having spent three months building up to race form, it was definitely disappointing that I had come to a point of almost DNFing the race. But I certainly learned a lot from my experience at Skyline--#1 being that I simply can't be influenced by other's race strategies. If I had stuck with my plan, MY strategy, instead of following those two women at the start, I probably would have run a great race and hit my goal and qualifying time for North Face. I know I waited far too long into the race to fuel and hydrate properly and I certainly paid for it!
No regrets though. The course was beautiful and so different from my training grounds that I was mostly in a state of bliss, even after it was all said and done. I met some amazing people, including several incredible volunteers who certainly went out of their way to help me out and cheer me on even in my worst moment! And though I didn't qualify for the championship team, I can still enter the championship race in Dec. Another beautiful northern CA course---how can I resist?