|Tiff at the "Troc"|
|Ellie at Luxembourg Garden|
Since this was my 5th time to toe the line at the UTMB and my 3rd 100 miler of the year, I had very little pre-race anxiety. My main goal was to enjoy the experience, then to run decently well and finish without feeling too destroyed. This is mostly how the race played out for me. One early error I made was playing an iPod. I rarely run with music, but gave it a try this time to stay motivated through the night (the race started at 4:30 PM). My music kept me so well motivated that I’d passed over a hundred other runners through the night. I’d pay for this hard effort later by doing a lot of walking in the final 30 miles of the race.
|Trient - mile 86|
After the race, we spent another night in Chamonix (celebrating John’s 13th birthday) before flying home by way of Madrid. We got to Madrid in the early evening and headed straight out to the Plaza Mayor area. Camille has been there twice, but for the rest of the family, it was their first time to Spain. We had a great time walking around and eating tapas.
I’ve got one, final race to go this year and it’s going to be the toughest. The Diagonale des Fous (in 6 weeks) has the reputation of merciless climbs and descents and extreme weather variation. Among French ultrarunners, this race is a right of passage and sets the standard for toughness and endurance in the sport of ultrarunning.
|Puerta del Sol, Madrid|