Wow. 31 miles and 4,100 feet elevation gain…. Although my watch says it was 5,688 feet elevation gain.
It was the most difficult endurance event I have ever done and also the most rewarding. Having completed my first 50k just 7 months ago, I felt mentally prepared for this one. It also helped to have my mom and hubby tracking my run and encouraging me along the way. I kept visualizing that finish line the whole time.
Here are some pictures of the day:
I set out for this race with three things in mind. One, I had seen this race just last year and had thought to myself, “I could NEVER do that. Maybe I should try a half marathon some time.” Two, I had a goal of finishing faster than my first ultra even though the terrain was much more difficult. And three, what a beautiful course!!! There is something so magical about Smith Rock. I have felt so blessed to train there and live so close. It was incredible, after all the detours of the past year, to be there in that moment in that place.