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Continue cross-training, break 20 hours at the Buffalo 100 (18:51), don't be a jackass at Wasatch 100 (9/9) and FINISH...strong. BE PATIENT

Ryan A. ran: Good day in the mount...

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  • 32 miles
  • 08:35 time
  • 16:17 pace
  • 7718 calories
  • 5224 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
    • Currently 4/5 Effort.
    effort 4/5
great Foothills Frenzy 50k 31.62 mi 08:35 16:17 pace

Good day in the mountains. I set the bar pretty low this year. Finish and don't die, mission accomplished. The fall colors seemed to pop this year which I haven't really noticed in years past. When I got to the top of the biggest climb a friend who was ahead of me had that look like 'This Sucks and I'm not having fun' (at mile 11). I went ahead on an out and back section and when I saw her again she didn't look much better. I told her my race plan for the day and said I would wait for her at the aid station if she wanted to run together and tell me funny stories to cheer me up! Cheer you up? I think that little nudge and seeing a friend turned her day around. We ran the last 20 miles together when she could have smoked me by an hour.

One thing I have learned for myself over the last two weeks is people at the back of the pack don't get the same race experience as people at the front. This whole race and the 30 miles at Bear there were no gels, little to no fresh fruit, and PBJs/quesadillas were crusty and dead. When I got to the second to the last aid station Saturday they poured the last of the Tailwind for me and the person behind me. I heard them say they were out but it was OK because there were only a few people left. Really, that's not ok. So I took the four packets of Tailwind out of my pack and gave it to them and they didn't want it because if no one used it they would have to pack it out. Really, what does it weigh 9 ounces. Just throw it in the bushes if no one uses it. I made the cutoff by 2 hours so there had to be people behind me. Running out and shafting the people at the end isn't acceptable.

Michelle A. has been telling me this for years since she is normally at the end. For someone who is usually closer to the front I just didn't quite get it like when it happened to me. I appreciate all the hard work the aid station people do, but please make the last person feel just as important as the last person.

Rant over. Happy Trails PS, the weather was the best ever this year!

  • Shelly A.
    Shelly A.

    "Finish and don't die" are great goals. :-) This has happened a lot to me, So now I run races here the RD treat everyone the same and so do their volunteers. Awesome 50k!!!

    about 1 year ago Like

  • Christie

    It feels good to cross a finish line again, doesn't it? It was honestly hard for me in the final miles of my marathon this weekend since I'm so out of shape but what kept me going was a sign that said, "One day you will not be able to accomplish this goal. Today is not that day!! " As you know life can change without notice. I try not to take things for granted. I was happy to high five kids, enjoyed seeing all the people cheering us runners on and it was wonderful to cross a finish line once again

    about 1 year ago Like

  • Andrea S.
    Andrea S. You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    You are awesome! Way to help out a friend ♡ And yes, back of the packers get a different experience. :-/

    about 1 year ago

  • Ryan A.
    Ryan A.

    I told Christie this morning I should become an aid captain at the Frenzy and set out crusty PBJs and dried up quesadillas for the front of the pack and break out the GOOD STUFF for the back of the pack!! It really is too bad, everyone pays the same entry fee.

    about 1 year ago Like1 person