July 1, 2018

DTER 50k Jan 21, 2018

Well, hello there. What's it been? Just a few months since I re-revived this thing to share my journey of training for a race that I was determined to finish. Yep....it's been a while. I'm back....to re-re-revive the adventure blog.
Very appropriate that I post this adventure on the day that 2019 registration opens! 

My husband made sure I had everything that I needed at each check point, he would call me throughout to give me encouraging words and make me laugh. He even posted updated on my Facebook wall to let friends and family follow this journey. He's a keeper. <3

I leave you with his commentary and photos. 

"And she is off into the woods."

This photo is of my friend Christy. Somehow I convinced her to drive up from Texas to endure this torture. Sisters in pain. <3 Get your redemption 2019. 

This was my view coming around the first few miles. 

"4.4 miles into her migration, this majestic creature emerges from the woods for quick drink of water before returning to the trees."  

I had tackled he never ending ups and downs of Robinson Point Loop. The adventure continues onward to Panther Bay.

There was a lot of snow that had fallen a few days prior. 
By the end of the day all the snow had melted.

 "9.7 miles into her migration to the north, this beautiful specimen has wandered through the Bay and discovered some sort of beverage left by the locals. She takes a drink and continues her journey."

"This magical creature can be seen here scurrying across the bridge. Oh!! We were too loud and have been spotted. We'll have to keep our distance as to not spook the traveler."

 Hwy 101 was the easiest mile the whole race. 

"13.5 miles into the amazing creature's journey...if we are very quiet we might be able to observe her navigating through the trees as she comes upon a small clearing where humans often visit. Oh, look at that! She stops for a quick pose for the camera man. What a sight! And back into the woods she goes." 

One last smile at 'Take It Easy' aid station. The journey gets ROUGH going forward.

This trolley car line and deep ravine were some of the obstacles I encountered along this adventure.

 "Here you can see this Marvelous Creature crossing a snowy trail that indigenous folk of these parts have used for years to gain access to the lake. Mile 16 of The Great Migration"

My husband was amazing. Navigating the back road to meet me at various points along the way. He would have everything that I needed at the perfect time. We truly do make a good team.

 Debris that was covering the portion of the trail leading to what I refer to as 'bitch hill'.

This hill was 250 ft STRAIGHT UP and where I'm pointing is only HALF WAY! There's another one that's 150 ft up after you get to the other side of this one. The turnaround is on theother side of these two monstrous hills....which only means you get to do it all over again. 

 "Mile 19 of this might creature's journey and it's time to turn around and go back. The crazy migration of this species often has it run in one direction, just to turn around and go back...half the journey compl....oh ...oh ...oh look at this elegant creature walk right up the camera man and smile. MAGNIFICENT!" 

Back to 'Take It Easy'
I was thankful the climbs started being more forgiving to my body. A little rest before the final trek...


"Mile 23 for this amazing specimen. She stops for a few quick moments of grazing. She knows the end if near and only needs a little snack then off again."

I'm not a religious person, but I am spiritual. I prayed. I prayed a lot on this journey. Forgiveness, mercy and strength were shown to me when the sun popped out and shined right into my eyes and then the winds picked up and I felt as if I were being carried. All my physical pains were taken away for what seemed like two miles. Words can't describe what I felt deep in my soul in those woods. 

"As this awe inspiring creature nears the end of her migration; she has grown in strength and confidence. The hunted has now become The Hunter...and her prey is in sight. 
(mile 27)"

The journey that lies ahead she does not fear. She is ready for the next chapter, ready to discover more of herself. With an open mind and courageous hear she travels the trail confidently. Unwavering and determined, she grows infinitely stronger with each step.

As a breed, runners are a pretty gutsy bunch. 
Constantly pushing themselves to find limitations....then going past them

As I came up that last dirt road hill, my husband followed behind me videoing my finish. His commentary on the video was pretty funny....

"Look at this amazing creature as she finishes her journey and realizes that the end is in sight. She knows that the journey is over....and soon she will mate....soon it will drink...soon it will rest. She is the badass."

This feeling will be in my heart for the rest of my life. 

I started this journey in 2017 with unfinished business on that trail.
There is no way to describe how I felt after that ten hour 4 minute journey.
Thank you Pirate Perry Events for a top notch, kick ass race.