Mt Hood 50k
|View from the plane ride from Boston|
|Laura and I a few days before in from of Mt St Helens|
Ok the race - at the last minute one of my weekend trail partners, Jeff, cleared the waitlist and decided to come out and do it. Laura and I had been out 5 days prior, so we met up with Jeff Friday at 10 Barrel Brewery for dinner, and made the plans to drive out to Government Camp/Mt Hood on Saturday. We had rented a cabin on Airbnb for Saturday night. The drive was super easy and quick and we got up in time to hit the Mt Hood Brewery for lunch, Timberline Lodge then back to the cabin to settle in. One nice thing about going out west for races from Boston is that the time change works in your favor in regards to early wakeups.
|Jeff and I waiting for the start|
|Mt Hood through the trees on the PCT|
I had been hoping to break 6 hours. And was in pretty good shape coming out of that aid station, but about 3/4 of a mile out and starting the downhills, I started to get one of my migraine auras. I tried massaging the back of my neck and shoulders to see if I could minimize it but wasn't long before I was only able to see a small tunnel vision. This has happened before (most notably Pisgah last year - huge thanks to Eric Randall for guiding me through), so I kept my eyes down to avoid rocks and roots and kept going. My pace was fairly decent and I knew if I could deal with the 20-30 minutes of aura, that I could run through the headache once that hit. Which luckily I was able to do and hit the Little Crater Lake aid station for the second time and got ready to run the last ten miles in. A quick check of my watch and calculated that I could still come in around 5:50 or so. Giving me a little time to spare.
A couple miles down the trail and my toe hits a root and when trying to catch myself, my right knee decides it wants to bend to the right. Which if you haven't done to yourself before, #1 - it's a really really weird feeling and #2 - I dont recommend it. Because then the wheels really came off. The knee started hurting which changed my gait, and then the hamstrings and hip, etc.... weren't having any part of a lot of running regardless of pace. Did the on and off until the Dam aid station and then pretty much walked in the last 4 miles. Finishing in 6:09. Disappointed - yeah a little, but happy with the majoirty of the run before I tweaked my knee.
|View from Timothy Lake on the way back to the finish line|