AC became my 17th 100 mile finish (out of 18 attempts), and also was my most enjoyable race thus far, especially compared to my last two attempts there.Â Perhaps it was because I wasn’t pressured for a time goal, or didn’t have any foot issues, or maybe it was because I saw so many of my friends there, but whatever the case, it reminded me how much I enjoy this sport.Â It’s not to say that I didn’t have my lows, which unfortunately lasted most of the night and into the morning as the usual sleep monster took over, causing me to stumble around all the way from Chantry to Millard.Â I felt really bad for Kristen, who picked me up at Chantry after her plans to pace Hwa Ja fell through after she was cut earlier in the day at Cloudburst.
The highlights of my weekend were seeing Robert and Cate at Inspiration Point, Bill Ramsey and my friend Anne at Shortcut, and most of all, Gary Hilliard at Chantry — these are all people who spent their entire weekend helping us make it to the finish.
The most notable performance has to go to Diana Rush (winner of the Mt Disappointment 50M), who turned in a truly gutsy performance in completing her first 100 miler, after struggling most of the day.Â
Oh yeah, Olga reminded me that I managed to get a course PR by about 15 minutes — not by a lot, but I’ll take it.Â Finally, it was great to finish along side an AC veteran, Scott Sullivan, who was completing his 9th run — our times, 30:04:47, which was good for 56th and 57th out of 89 who made it to Pasadena (125 left Wrightwood).
Congratulations to all the runners, including those who unfortunately did not make it to Johnson Field this time around — I know you’ll all be back next year to give it another go.
I guess I have a little time between now and San Diego to do a more detailed report of AC, not to mention some of the other races I’ve done earlier in the year.Â Check back again…but not too soon.