Thursday, June 26, 2008

Bighorn 100 miler the most beautiful race I have ever run.WOW!!! is all I can say about this race. It was so organized and beautiful. They had top notch volunteers. I love almost every minute of it.
I really have to say it was very fun. I of course love seeing all my friends, who I only see at races.
This year they had to change the course at the last minute, which had me freaking out. They said there was 7 feet of snow still on the course. They said we only would have to deal with 3.3 miles of snow. The race info. said expect winter conditions at night. so I packed every warm thing I owned.
Ok, so it really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The snow was totally manageable and winter conditions at night. That was a joke. I only need my gloves at the turn around at 3am, that's also when I put my jacket on.

The plan was me and Andy would stay together, which we did the whole way. Andy had a rough patch as it got dark, when he twisted his ankle for the second time. I really got worried and wasn't sure if he would be ok. We walked until he felt better at night. He is strong and held it together. I as always was the encouraging one. I helped him through the night.
He of course was strong once the sun came up, and me I hit my low point. I just focused on staying positive. It was hard to feel bad because of the beauty that surrounded us.
The volunteers were so encouraging and cheerful which made it fun.
There was a 50k race and a 50 miler which started Saturday so after 24 hours of running it was fun to see the front runners and all the 50 miler runners coming at us.
The race went well and we had fun. Steve Ansel who also is from Fremont ran it too, we all traveled to the race together. We caught him at the aid station with 18 miles to go. We stayed together but he decided to run like a mad man down hill, we lost him around mile 93. I thought we wouldn't see him until the finish.
We ended up catching him a few miles from the finish. He hurt his foot so was walking it in.
This was Andy and my 2nd 100 together and once again we finished together.
I think running 100 miles with the one you love really makes you stronger as a couple. We did it in 32:14. I was super happy with our time.
Next up Tahoe rim trail 100 miler in 3 weeks.

Thanks to everyone who send us positive vibes. I got them.
Happy finishers Steve Ansel Catra Corbett & Andy Kumeda.
Oh btw I will for sure run this race again next year.

15 comments:

Julien said...

Hi Cat',

Nice report...congrats for you and Andy....beautiful pictures!!!! and very good time....for the finish line...
good to see you're well on the pictures ....
i'll be back in US next June 09....woo hoo

Love,
ju

Forts said...

Great work on the race. Love the site, your energy and outlook on life. After one more 10k looking to beat a specific time (<40) and a marathon next spring to hopefully qualify for the Boston I hope to be entering ultras as of summer 09.

Big reason is my background in long grueling treks and from all the reading I have done on the sport including blogs like yours. Thanks.

Gregg Lynn said...

congratulations on another great finish, catra!!!

Judi said...

Excellent race report Catra! You and Andy look awesome. You two look like you totally belong together. It's a perfect match!

Jon said...

Twisted ankle? Andy is one tough SOB! Nice work finishing together for a second time. So...what's the next 100 miles that binds the two of you together?

jay said...

Good report Catra, thanks! I laughed out loud when I read the part about the "winter conditions". As a veteran PCT/JMT-er, I can see how you thought the whole thing was a joke!

I'm on the waiting list for the Tahoe Rim, but just the 50-miler (I'm not as hardcore as you are ;)). Crossing my fingers that someone drops out...

Have a great weekend!

Jay.

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing the pictures. you're inspiring me to try for that one next year. a race and a vacation all in one place.

SLB said...

Another great finsih for Team "KANDY"!

Catra said...

Ju-
Why June 09??? Are you coming to race or the PCT???
XOXO,
Catra

Catra said...

Hey Forts thanks for stopping by. Hopefully I will see you at an ultra in the future.
Catra

Catra said...

Hey Gregg Lynn-
Thanks.
Catra

Catra said...

Hey Judi-Thanks girlie.
Are you hitting the trails more these days???
XOXO,
Catra

Catra said...

Hey SLB-
LOL...But I think it would be team Candy not Kandy. I spell my name with a C. I love it.
Team CANDY.
cATRA

Judi said...

Hey Catra, YEP! Still planning on a 50k Stone Steps in Oct.

Getting ready for my first tri of the season Sunday! Psyched!

You are an incredible athlete - I have counted 3 100m races in just a few weeks and tomorrow you'll do 62 more miles? Man, I wish I had the time for all those miles!

Mark Tanaka (Ultrailnakaman) said...

Great job, same to Andy. Maybe I'll see you on the course at Tahoe (but I'm wimping out with only the half-run).