White River 50 2013.
Since this was my 4th year participating in White River 50, I had zero expectations. Even though there is generally some underlying pressure to ‘do well’ or prove myself as faster than the previous year’s attempt, I did not have that weighing on me this year. I was still recovering from Western States and was questioning at what point my endurance would just stop. Those of you who have run a longer race will know what I mean. Putting a tough effort both physically and mentally, then trying to go out on a typical training run only to find yourself bottoming out quite early on.
I went in to White River this year with only a few rules for myself. Firstly, and most importantly, was do not push hard…at all. This was reiterated chatting with friends prior to the event. I have not really put my body through anything like this before and I honestly did not want to place myself in a position for lots of recovery with Cascade Crest 100 quickly approaching. Secondly, I wanted to smile. Honestly, I did not do as much smiling as I would’ve liked to as Western States and I needed to rejuvenate my mind for Cascade Crest.
So how did I do? I finished in my second slowest time ever on the course and a huge smile on my face. I had the most fun I’ve had on the course yet. Yes my legs were still screaming at me for what I put them through at Western States but my endurance never quit on me.
While this was not a finish time I am excited about, I am so happy I had a great time and finished. Overall the experience of the weekend with my friends was amazing and exactly what I needed.
Cascade Crest, I’m coming for ya.