I’m writing with the last ounce of energy I have after an epic Burning River 100 weekend! (I may or may not be exaggerating.) I woke up at 3:20 a.m. Saturday to take Cilantro to the starting line for her first 100 mile race! Then I ran 11.6 miles as part of an 8-amazing-woman relay before high-tailing it out to crew, I met Jasmine around the 50k mark and from there we went from aid station to aid station, picking up Saffron for a little while along the way as we made sure Cilantro had everything she needed to continue on and keep her spirits high. After a rest Jasmine and I came back out to work with Ginger to do everything we could to get Cilantro to the finish.
I’ll let Cilantro tell you the rest of her story (and you’ll hear more of mine later in the week when I get around to writing my training log), except to say that it was an amazing experience to witness her tackle all this newness and the surprises and ups and downs along her 100 mile journey. It was truly epic and I have the complete exhaustion to prove it!
Oh yes! This is a Readers Roundtable! All this does actually bring me to that. Witnessing Cilantro attack this incredible challenge and thinking about Clove getting ready for her biggest one yet got me thinking about my hardest race ever, which got me wondering about yours. So in the spirit of epic running adventures, tell us: what’s the hardest race you’ve ever run?