childbirth. That's right. That was my analogy of the day: running the Black Canyon Ascent was like childbirth. How so? Well, it's pretty darn painful! It's a brutal, yet somewhat shorter of a run - 6 miles, but with a climb of 2,000 feet. Yowzers. Also, just like with childbirth, you forget the pain and do it all over again.
I ran it last year. I will most likely run it next year. (Childbirth is still the most painful of the two, of course! Duh.)
I talked two of my friends into doing it with me. They signed up to walk and so headed off at 7:30. I waited around until 8, when the runners were to go. (I ran in to my GOTR coaching budding, Coach Jessica Dahl, and Jonas' teacher, Mrs. Laurie Dodd, there, too!)
And it was hard. So. Very. Hard. Honestly, this is one of the hardest races I've done. Harder than my long runs and maybe even my 1/2 marathons. (Maybe not harder than my marathon - but that was so long ago I don't really remember!) This is the only race where I have felt the great desire to walk (both times). I have to greatly talk myself out of that. Most other races that is not even an issue. But this one. Ugh. In a good runner's way, of course. :) There is no gradual uphill, nor gradual start. Immediately you start up on a steep incline. And you get no real relief until after the 5th mile.
At mile 5 was when I saw Ben and our carload of kids heading up the road. Only 1 more mile, I said, I can do it! It was fun and even a little energizing to see them. I loved it. As I got near the finish line, Lucy tried to run with me. Cuteness.
So I still liked it - I liked it even more once I finished and got to eat MnMs, pretzels, and drink Gatorade. Awesome. My friends did great, too, and I don't even think they hate me! We stayed for the awards and raffle drawings, and then headed out - perfect timing too as it started hailing on us as we walked to the car. (Poor Emmy was going on like day who-knows-what of fevers and not feeling good. Ben actually ended up taking her in this evening and she has an UTI. Sweet thing.)
Here are my stats, just because it's fun:
Division place (female, 30-39): 4th out of 26
Overall place: 43rd out of 163
Gender place: 19th out of 113
That does include both runners and walkers. I'm happy with it.
p.s. Oh, my time was 1:11. Just like last year!