Friday at 5:30am I started my 75 mile training run with my friend Julia, who was going to run 100k out on the Ohlone with me. The 100k was going to be her b-day run. The main goal of my training run was to make sure she finished the 100k. This was her 5th attempt at running 100k out on the Ohlone trail. Time was not what we were going for it was having fun and finishing.
In this picture Julia has rabbit ears and I have a crown on. She wore the ears to celebrate easter which is coming up and she gave me the crown because I am the Queen of the Ohlone trail. That's what she said.
This is me and Julia after climbing out of the steepest climbs on the trail which I call Satans pit! We climbed out of HELL back to HEAVEN. WE MADE IT!!!!
Mile 32 I picked up some of my groupies....LOL! Backrow Joe L to Right, Myling, Alikona and Aaron. Seated Julia. Front Me & Jerry. Julia passed the rabbit ears onto Fast Jerry and I gave the crown to Alikona. We headed out for more fun through the night. We all took it easy and had fun. Myling and Joe only went out 10 miles and had to turn around they were only planning on running 20.
We all were having fun. The crux came for Julia when we reached Sunol. She had no choice but to keep moving. Mile 52 is where she always quits. Not this time! At this point I was getting a bladder infection. I got dehydrated during the day when I ran out of water. It was my fault. We made it back to Jerrys house and I thought if I did 75 miles it wouldn't be fun and I was in pain. The down hills always make it worse because of the pounding. I thought if I just did 6 more miles to make it 70 I could avoid the 5 miles of down hill. After all this was a training run and a memorial run celebrating my Moms life. She passed away at 70 years old. So to 70 miles turned out to be the magic number. My friend Julia mentioned ,before I headed out ,and was planning on doing 75. That my Mom wouldn't want me to hurt myself. She was right so 70 miles was perfect!
I want to thank my friends; Julia because you're crazy like me, Jerry because you're always there to help, and make sure I'm ok on the trails(and you're crazy too!) Myling & Joe for being such great friends, thanks for getting everyone to the start at mile 32 in Del Valle. Alikona such a sweetie and fun girl who I'm just getting to know. Aaron thanks for hanging with me and Julia all night good luck with your JMT project.
What fun we had. I must say I was sore during the run because all the crossfit lately but that's ok. I need to get this body strong for the PCT.