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Keep going until sunrise. Those phrases repeated in my head while I feebly walked uphill on a dirt road through an aspen forest in the predawn darkness last Saturday morning, around Mile 76 and at feet of elevation during the Run Rabbit Run in Steamboat Springs.
Facing feet more in climbing over some six miles until the Summit Aid Station, I grasped onto the promise that daybreak would deliver rejuvenation.
The sun comes up, enters your pores and works like coffee brewed with half a hit of Ecstasy. Your stiff hiking gait transitions to a smoother run, and you hallucinate the head of a horned, helmeted Viking warrior in a tree branch, or the backside of a buffalo in a stump.
Sunrise is the best part of a mile ultra, allegedly. So I kept putting one foot in front of the other.
Running was not an option due to the combined handicaps of a steep slope, rapid breathing, and anterior shin pain that internally pierced the fronts of my lower legs any time I accelerated.
The deterioration of every fiber of my being began after Mile 52, just past the Long Lake Aid Station, sometime in the darkness before midnight when I was with my first pacer, Jacob. The sequence of events went like this: Miles 0 — I started at 8 a.
My pace was strong but conservative, and I felt better than OK on the first foot climb up a ski run to the top of Mount Werner, because throughout summer I had hiked a lot of ski slopes in Telluride.
Eight or so miles of steady, smooth running after that passed by in a blur. The true distance is a mystery and matter of debate.
In any case, I got the first hint that each segment of the route would feel and actually be a little longer than advertised.
Lots and lots of people passed me on the most technical downhill section—a jagged-rock stretch of some three miles approaching Fish Creek trailhead—but I truly felt fine with that and stepped aside to let them pass. A bad fall three weeks earlier still spooked me on the gnarly downhills.
I stayed relaxed and congratulated myself on not tripping. When I hit the paved four-mile downhill stretch to the next major aid station, Olympian Hall at Mile 22, I felt smooth and flowing.
So far, so good. First-place female Courtney Dauwalter excelling on the technical downhill stretch into Fish Creek Falls, where I slowed a lot and let others pass. Photo by Paul Nelson I took good care of myself at Mile 22, eating and drinking the equivalent of lunch, applying sunscreen before heading out into the blazing midday heat, and strapping on my iPod for the mile stretch.
Miles 22 — Runners wilted on this hot, hilly, not-particularly-scenic section. The struggle was real. But I did relatively well here, helped by the music in my ears favorite tune on the playlist: I ran into the Olympian Aid Station at Mile 42 and felt delighted to see both my pacers—Jacob and Terry—waiting for me.
I changed my clothes a brief downpour a couple of miles earlier left me soaked, and I wanted dry, fresh clothes for nighttime. At that point, I had nothing to complain about—no stomach or foot problems, no significant issues.
A little crampy in the calves and tired, but eager to pick up my pacer Jacob and start the nighttime stretch. We left the aid station shortly after 6: Me with Jacob at Mile 42 in the early evening.
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