Sunday, June 25, 2006

Me getting my wrist band cut:(
So I'm not supergirl!!!! What can I say. Yes my friends I dropped at 24 miles into WST 100 or 200. I had a bladder infection that pretty much started 3 miles into the race. I kept trying to think positive. By the time I got to Red Star it felt like someone was taking a knife and stabbing me in the bladder, Trust me I'm not a wimp and I do have a high pain tolerance. This was so painful I was crying. By mile 10 it was pure blood I was urinating. This went on and only got worse. I made it to Duncan
aid station. I waited for some friends that were behind me. I thought I would run to Robinson and drop. I started down the hill and running down hill really hurt my bladder. I thought nope. I turned around went back to the aid and dropped. I was not alone the best of the best either dropped or didn't make the cut-offs. Some of these people are friends who finish sub-24 and were hanging on by a thread to make the absolute cut-offs. I just want to say I am proud of everyone who did the best they could do even if we didn't finish. It's all about the journey. Posted by Picasa

28 comments:

David said...

My god, even getting your wristband cut you look like supergirl to me ;-)
Sorry this wasn't the year but you'll be back!

I just started Running this year & am training for my first Marathon - did my first half marathon a few weeks ago. You amaze & Inspire me. Thanks Catra!

jullian said...

To be a supergirl it's not gained has all the blows…

superman does not gain all times sometimes the malicious ones use the cryptonite to make him evil….waoh I skid!!!!!
finally to be a supergirl is precisely to know its own limits, to know its body, to thus follow its feelings… YOU ARE a SUPERGIRL.....

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Feminist Runner said...

Pshaw, you're still a superhero.

You listened to yourself and knew your own limits. That's more than many people can say.

angie's pink fuzzy said...

that's awesome you listened to your body. That's super in and of itself. WS was incredible this year, with how many people were unable to finish.

Darin and April said...

I am STUNNED and AMAZED that you ran as far as you did with a bladder infection. I know first hand how painful they are as I have had 2 of them. I had heard about the pain associated with them, but until it happens to you you don't fully understand the absolute PAIN of it all..it brings you to tears! I am happy that you listened to your body and stopped when you did.

You have a great perspective in that "it's all about the journey" Looking forward to reading about your next accomplishment.

April

Trail.Trekker.Steve said...

I'm so sorry you had to drop, Catra. I was at Rucky Chucky working the boats getting the runners across the river and kept looking for you. You were not alone as there were quite a few runners who had difficulty. It was a brutal day as I'm sure you are quite aware. The runners I did see come through were having a very difficult time. I must say it was very smart of you to listen to your body and do what you needed to do. That takes guts and brains, both of which you obviously have. I'm proud of you! I hope to run it next year and hope to see you there!

beckyjsacto said...

You are TOTALLY a supergirl. I've taken some time to read other items on your blog, and there are TONS of reasons you're supergirl: being at the top of your class when you went back to school, 12 years of sobriety, ALL your running accomplishments, being a mom to such a precious pup, staying true to being vegan, great taste in music, and just a really nice & balanced person (from what I've seen!)

Eudemus said...

Sounds like you did the right thing demonstrating that you are as intelligent as you are driven. Based on the reports I have heard coming out of WS, you are probably better off than many who pushed it to the breaking point. Live to run another day.

-Steve

p.s. I was wondering if you saw Clem Choy there. I met him at Ohlone and was following his progress. Looks like he had to drop after 85mi.

miki said...

I'm so glad you're ok. I was looking for you at Peachstone. I found out later you dropped and was worried about you since I know you wouldn't drop without a pretty serious reason. I am so relieved you're posting already.

Eudemus, I did see Clem Choy. I met him myself at the Mt. Diablo 50K about 3 weeks ago. He came in probably about 20 minutes to cutoff time at Peachstone, 2:15 am. He looked really good and was in joking spirits. I'm happy he made it as far as he did. It was a brutal race this year from all reports. My station normally expects their first runners at 3 to 3:30 in the afternoon. They didn't start coming in until after 5. Tells you a lot.

I'm so impressed by you Catra. I'm an official ultra groupie. This weekend confirmed it. I've never been so starstruck in my entire life. I plan on either running with you or screaming for you when you come into my aid station next time. Big hugs to you.

Brad said...

From all of the reports that I've heard (and being up in Redding over the weekend) it was HOT, HOT, HOT!! Not only are you amazing at running, you are intelligent enough to listen to your body!
It is a journey...and I can't wait to hear about your next adventure!

Rafael said...

Good call on dropping, there's always next year!

Travis said...

Great work!! All we can ever do is go out and do our best. You walked away knowing you did everything you could do. Your body decided it was not your day in a big way. Keep your head up, you've got a lot of fans out here!

Jack said...

Tough break, but good call on stopping. You're still one impressive superhero-ultra-lady in my book!

GuruParkash said...

just back in town sorry you didn't get to do your double this year...
I heard WS was brutal this year.. glad you are ok take care Guru ZZT

Catra said...

Hey David thanks... It just a matter of time before you getting bitten by the ultrabug.

What marathon are you running??? Good luck to you.
xoxo,
Catra

Catra said...

Hey julien-

You're right!!!!

Thanks for making me feel like supergirl.
xoxo,
Catra

Catra said...

Hey Feminist runner-

Thanks I agree I quit while I was ahead..
Catra

Catra said...

Hey angie-
almost everyone I know dnf'd. The trail really had a weird energy. Not sure what it was but I felt it.
Catra

Catra said...

Hey April-
Thanks for the nice words.. I have many more journeys ahead of me!
xoxo,
Catra

Catra said...

Hey steve-

Thanks...I will be on the PCT next year so no WST for me.

Catra

Catra said...

Hey Becky-

Thanks for the kind words. I'm sure I will see you again soon on the trails.
Remember the Tahoe rim 100 miler has openings still...
Catra

Catra said...

eudemus-

Thanks for the post. Clem didn't make alt cut off. I heard he fell. So that's why he slowed down and didn't make the cut off.
Catra

Catra said...

Hey Miki-

Bummed I didn't make it to see you!!!
You are so sweet..Hey let's run together soon!
xoxo,
Catra

Catra said...

hey brad-
Thanks... I did the best i could for that day. and made it home alive :)
Catra

Catra said...

Damn travis nice body!!

I live to be positive. I can say I was sad for about 3 min. and got over it real quick!!
Catra

Catra said...

Hey Jack-
ahhh thanks!!
Catra

kghrun said...

Katra-you rock girl. This was just a curve in the road. Hope to see ya soon #207