Rewind to one week ago: Monday, April 15
I woke up early to get a 10 mile run in before my first work shift of the day. My legs still felt a little tight from the 28 mile hard run I did that past Saturday. After wearing myself out physical and mentally with trying to fit in lots of miles and getting ready for another move/ life change, I knew I needed to start really resting for the Desert R.A.T.S Double Marathon in two weeks.
I went to the race website to check out some race details. The first thing I saw was that the race was on April 20th, not the 27th like I thought!!!! I immediately started panicking. It was a nightmare! I had just ran 28 miles hard and my body was tired from a few weeks of big miles (for me anyway). I wasn’t even close to being physically or mentally rested enough to race in a few days! Living at such a high speed for weeks had led to a silly mistake and had taken its toll. After a couple hours of panicking, I felt better, but I was still beyond worried.
The race started under cloudy skies and cool air. It was perfect running weather. After a few moment of silence to honor those who have suffered from the Boston Marathon tragedy, we were off. At the top of the hill at 1.3 miles was a $100 bill for the first man and woman to reach it so I watched some of the men take off at a sprint to go for it. I didn’t want hurt my chances of doing well at the race so I decided not to go for it, figuring some women in the marathon would surely take off for it. A half mile in I realized there were no women sprinting ahead of me and I knew I had taken off a lot faster in other races. Suddenly, with hopes of offsetting the hotel bill (I originally planned on camping but cold temps changed that), I decided to go for it. I sped up to a tempo run pace, saw that no woman was following my move, and then charged up a steep hill for the money. Normally I try not to care much about race money, but at this point in my life, getting the premium was really helpful. I have to admit, this part of the race was really fun!
Soon after getting the premium, a woman wearing The North Face race uniform passed me and I knew it had to be Helen Cospolich who has won the race numerous times. I knew my legs weren’t fully rested due to my silly race date mistake, and I decided to just run comfortably the first half. Still, I never lost sight of her.
|Coming into an aid station. Photo Credit: Stephanie Lefferts|
|Photo Credit: Sage Canaday|
I crossed the finish line in 8:34 as the first female and 8th overall. It wasn’t a perfect race and I knew I was feeling the effects of a short taper, but I’m really happy with it. After physically struggling all of last year, I am really happy to see I’m on the upswing. I still know I have huge room to improve, but I now have regained confidence that my body can handle what it takes to make those improvements. This race served me as a great reminder to never stop believing in myself.
|The finish! Photo Credit: Stephanie Lefferts|
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Video of the race. Sage filmed and I edited.
Of course, I have to thank my twin Rachel Nypaver and my boyfriend Sage. Even though Rachel was in Ohio, I knew she was supporting me the whole race. Sage, after a CR at Lake Sonoma, took a break from racing to film, volunteer, and be the perfect crew. I couldn’t ask for better number 1 fans!
Run Wild, Run Happy,