|Salem Lake, looking calm|
Note: photos (with exception of the above) in this post are courtesy of Shannon Johnstone
|Speedy Molly Nuun|
|scene from the trail at mile 12ish|
I kept on running and was passed and passed several folks as time counted away. With 3.5 left, I knew 2:15 was unlikely, so I thought to get as close to it as possible and see if I could pass some folks. About this time, I was passed by a young woman in pink-her name I learned later was Sheena Kevorkia and all I could do was cheer her on! I ran, fueled by love of what I was doing, desire to meet a goal (even if adjusted) and because except for sore glutes and wanting to eat…I felt really good! With about a 1 ½ left to go, I saw Jared in the distance and passed him with what I hope was encouragement! The joy of being an ultrarunner at heart is that “a mile left to go” seems like a relief! So, I passed 2 girls-the last being Danielle Rowland who had slowed down because her shorts were falling down…if that wasn’t the case, I’d surely have been minutes behind her!
|Shannon, Danielle, Julie Mussleman and I hanging out|