(A big thank you goes to Galen Garrison for so kindly allowing me to use some of his photos in this post)
Corner Canyon Ultra Marathon this Summer, my first 50K. He helped pace another runner friend for her first 50K there too. We were both lined up in wave 2 and took off at 9:05 a.m. I set into a nice slow comfortable run and set out to have a nice long, happy day out on the trails.
As the sun came up the jackets and gloves started coming off.
|Hill climbing at it's finest around mile 4 area|
A view of the pillar after running past it.
Leaving the first aid station and continuing on the journey. I still had a loooong way to go.
Happy to have descended safely!
While descending this section of the trail I could hear music playing and knew that the next aid station
was coming up. The music was wafting up the canyon walls and echoing around me and it was so much fun to hear it and it certainly put a little pep in my step. Sadly, when I got to the bottom they were packed up and gone. I'm glad I could "borrow" this photo from a fellow runner.
Also at this aid station around mile 9 1/2 was to be where the full and half marathon parted ways. Sadly, this is also where the crowds dwindled drastically. For the next 16+ miles seeing people around me all the time just wasn't going to be happening. I was a little bit nervous about that but still grateful that the trail was marked so well.This aid station was fully stocked with plenty more of the same treats and additional ones as well. I loaded up and basked in some more deliciousness. It was at this aid station also that they were handing out free beer. A little bit before we got to this aid station a sign was letting runners know "free beer ahead". Well, since I'm not a beer drinker this didn't excite me at all. I was enjoying my treats and had drank some water and some heed and then headed off to use the one and only port-a-potty on the whole trail. When I came back (wasted about 10 precious minutes in a line-not fun) I decided to load up my hydration vest with water and I wanted to drink some more heed. As I went to reach for the heed I noticed it looked a little foamy and darker than when I had drank it before. I picked up the cup and swirled it a little bit and nearly took a drink when I realized this was NOT heed, but beer!! Yikes!! What the heck? I'm not sure why the beer was sitting right by the heed drinks but I promptly put it back and made sure I got the right stuff. I can just see the headlines now "Utah Woman Trail Runner Drunk While Running Marathon, From Her First Swallow of Beer"
I then continued on the course following a dirt road for about a mile and a half to another aid station that informed us we needed to make a one mile trek up a canyon to make a punch in our bib for that turn around spot.
Still climbing and wondering where the top of this mesa is??
Another look back at where I had come from. Can you spot the vehicle down there somewhere? Or was it a barn? Shoot, I can't remember.
Finally at the top and enjoying the panoramic views.
This little guy was holding on tight as his daddy was trying to get up over this section.
I came to a little cave and ran through that.
The orange flags were in abundance as well.
I crossed the finish line in 7 hours 45 minutes and 21 seconds.
|My cute son Cooper came on the trip with us. He's always fun to have around.|