October 18, 2014
Corner Canyon 50K
This is an amazing race that assists a different person/family each year with their fight against cancer.
Troy Robertson, and Johnny Runner are the RD's and they do an absolutely fantastic job in the whole aspect of this run. The trails are marked well. The aid stations are well stocked. The meal afterwards is quite delicious. It's just a well put together race.
This is the 3rd year it has been put on and I have run all three years now.
My times for all 3 years are:
1st year: 9 hours 46 minutes 17 seconds
2nd year: 9 hours 21 minutes 17 seconds
3rd year: 6 hours 58 minutes 6 seconds
After running last year I had decided I was swearing off this race because of the difficulty of it. But if you are a runner than you understand the mentality of repeating races that you just feel like you need to conquer and improve upon.
I picked up my packet on Friday evening and got to bed by around 10:00 pm and up at 4:15 am.
This is what 5:00 for me looked like. I was excited, nervous, and ready to take on this challenge.
I have been working hard for 1 solid year now with rowing and stair climbing at the gym.
It was so fun to see a few familiar faces at the starting line. Especially since this would be a fairly small race with only about 50 people running the 50K.
Galen Garrison has been a running friend for awhile and has given me many great tips for ultra running. He has run a lot of the same ultras I have and has even traveled to Logan with me and Mark for a big race up there. He's a good guy.
new energy, love, inspiration, strength, joy, happiness, a new day!
I also love that I can see Mount Timpanogos way off in the distance from this angle!
The next aid station was only a couple miles down the trail at Potato Hill but would be used twice in the race at mile 18.5 and then again at mile 27.5. I refilled my water pack and carried on. Not wasting time at aid stations is something I've learned to try and be better at if I'm hurrying. Get in and get out pronto!!
Finally at the top of the hill at the aid station called Maack Hill (named after the RD Johnny Maack Runner who has battled and beat cancer) I refilled my water again and fueled up with some goodies and headed back down this mountain. Pretty much the rest of the way to the finish line would be some nice, sweet downhills.
I was in such a hurry to get to the finish line that I probably didn't enjoy much of the scenery of the last few miles but that was alright with the goal I had just decided to attempt.
It was going to be close. I just kept at it, running with all the energy and speed I could muster up. I saw the finish line area coming into view with about 6 minutes left and so I put on the full throttle! I was so happy to cross that finish line with a couple minutes to spare.
What a great race, great day, and great experience!
I should be back again next year!
Why end a good thing?
6:58:06 (not sure how it's so different)
13th place overall of 41
5th woman of 20
Pretty cute little medal. I now have three exactly alike :)
I am finally exhausted and enjoying some chilling out with my compression socks and a little piano playing for relaxation.