I ❤️ Black Canyon 100K.
Run streak day: 2,263.
So... it's possible to run a 100K in the mountains on one leg and trekking poles, but barely. Add in muddy, flooded trails that progressively deteriorated into the night coupled with steady rains, wicked cold gusts, dense fog, bone-chilling conditions, and now you're chasing after a small miracle.
As you may already know, I injured my right knee two weeks ago at the Sean O'Brien 100K after taking a bad fall. While nursing it the last two weeks, I was debating whether to start the 100K, change to the 60K, or skip the race altogether. Since my love @runnylegs was also running the 100K, I decided to see if I could gently shuffle through some of the course with my trekking poles, taking whatever the day would give me.
For the first mile, I tried to keep up with Jenny. I slowly but surely fell to the back of the pack as I stepped aside for literally the entire field, a most humbling experience.
I eventually caught up with Jenny at the mile 17 aid station. We ran together and managed to power through some wet, freezing conditions until returning to that same aid station (mile 42) as darkness set in. Jenny called it a day, changed into dry clothes, and then thoughtfully gave me her raincoat so I'd have another layer. I forged on.
I climbed back up to mile 49 quickly, pushing hard to keep my body temp above frozen. I now had 6 hours to finish the final 13 miles, so I just needed to move forward and keep warm. As the course and weather conditions continued to worsen, I made it to the final aid station and huddled in the aid tent, downed a couple of cups of hot cocoa, was fitted with a garbage bag layer for extra warmth, and headed back out into the dense fog and muddy swamplands.
The muddy trails were now lakes. After swapping my headlamp battery, I took a small fall with 4 miles to go, badly injuring my left pinky, but got back up and ran the rest of the way as fast as I could to the finish. I had chased down a small miracle.
Big mahalo 🤙🏼 to the amazing volunteers who weathered the gnarly storm ⛈ to feed, support, encourage, and care for us. And, big congrats to all who ran their hearts out on a tough day!! 😎👏