Let me start off by mentioning how much fun this race is. A absolute must do!!! It’s surrounded by beautiful green grassy rolling hills and live oaks, splattered with color of wildflowers. The start/finish area has that kick back summer day on the porch feel with a friendly, family atmosphere. I was perfectly happy sitting under the shaded trees enjoying a cold beer and cheering on fellow runners heading to their finish. To me it’s trail endurance and racing in it’s finest form.
(Photo: Veronica Runyan)A shot on a awesome climb overlooking the valley. If I wasn’t racing I could have stopped here at a picnic table for hours just to admire the view.
This is my 3rd year racing Mokelumne starting with 13.1 the first and the next being the 50 miler and this year the 50k. I knew that this was a faster course so I figured I would go for a PR. This was a training race and 5 days earlier I ran a somewhat hard 20 miles at the k2 challenge so I knew going in that this could be hit or miss.
It was a slow start as it took me a few miles to get warmed up and balance my heart rate and breathing. I had the opportunity to race with Chris Price (Hoka elite/Hokas rock!) who has a awesome racing record and monster climbing and endurance capabilities. I knew I had no chance but I went for it anyways. My legs felt great and I ran with a good pace to the turn. At this point I could PR no problem (if I can maintain?) with the possibility of being in the 3:40s. The elevation profile shows basically a ascent to the turnaround of course followed by a fall on the return. Perfect for a negative split! I made the turn and used the nice downgrade to make sometime back to the aid station dipping into some lower splits. From the turn I had a gap on Chris but knew he was probably holding back and I was starting to fade. By the time I made it to the aid station Chris caught me and was looking super strong.
Well, it was a great run to here and my favorite pet the bonk”a”saurus came to visit. Maybe not enough calories or dehydration I’m not sure but it hit like a sledgehammer.
(Photo: by the one and only Mags!)here I am trying to shake my bonk
I was in danger of totally blowing my PR now. I had to stop here and nurse myself back to health so I could make one last push. I was truly racing the clock now with the end having a little climb I was pretty stressed about not making it. I dug in deep the last 1/3 mile and charged the up hill and broke my 4hr goal and also lost all my hard work at the last aid station at the finish line. 3:56:50. I’ll take it! I was shooting for more but still made my goal:mrgreen:
Another great weekend with great people and thank you single track running for another B.A. event! On to the Salton Sea.