Course: A couple of short uphills but mostly downhill through a canyon at the side of a road. There was traffic control for the first 3-4 hours for the part of the course where there is not much of a hard shoulder.
Organisation and volunteers: Very good
CPs: Fruit, Pretzels, M&Ms, gatorade & water
Weather: Surprisingly very good. In the 60s warming up to the 80s
Start Time: 06:00
Start Location: At the top of the black mountains. There is transportation by school bus from the Holiday Inn that leaves at 04:00
Views: Canyon and countryside
Post Runner Recovery: Margheritas
Pasta Dinner: Speakers (Tales from a Power Barbie and then TG) + a fashion show
Letters From Ecuder 4 Weeks After TG Last Ran and two weeks before the Leading Ladies Marathon
This is going to be a great race. It's all supposed to be downhill, so we can totally destroy the last PR/PB of 6:55.
Look forward to some training soon.
Your speedster tyre,
Response from TG
Sorry luv, that last 100 miler has burned me out and have lost the will to run. I'm busy at work. Maybe we can go sightseeing together. I hear the mountains in Spearfish are pretty, we can have a look some presidents carved into a piece of rock, there's badlands....lots of stuff to see together! We can have a holiday instead.
Love and kisses, TG
Ecuder voices concerns
I'd like to remind you that you will be talking at the pasta dinner as well as meet a couple of Power Barbies. We are expected to run and this might be my last run.
Am feeling my time to retire is due.
Please get your act together as the days are flying by and you are not fit unlike earlier on in the year.
Your concerned coach, Ecuder
Response from TG
My dear coach Ecuder,
Please forgive me
Love and hugs
5 days before the event, TG took Ecuder out for a short 5km run. Ecuder was quietly not impressed and less so when TG's running buddy took over to try a pull. As TG continued to work long hours, Ecuder became even more subdued and deflated.
The day before the event, we arrived at Spearfish to meet Elaine Doll and Lady Suzette. TG thought a cute l'il tyre would cheer up Ecuder but he refused to acknowledge her......"too girly".
As TG delivered her talk, Ecuder wished TG had brought Reu (soon to be introduced) instead. "It's a girl's race! Reu would have been more appropriate" Ecuder gumpily sat in the shadows as Lady Suzette lapped up the attention of ladies flocking round to sign her. She is the Spearfish pledge to reduce trash and to do something active for at least 30 minutes a day.
Note: Lady Suzette is living in Spearfish. Anyone who would like to sign their pledge, please contact someone from the Leading Ladies organisation. She is currently living with Elaine Doll (RD).
4am rendezvous at the lobby of the Conference Centre. School buses had been organised to take all participants to the start point. The ride itself seemed long and arduous as the bus seemed to creep way up the mountain, sometimes struggling up steeper parts. But it was alive with chatter, women from all walks of life getting to know each other, empathising and sympathising.
On the pasta day, the temperature was in the 90s. TG had told Elaine (RD) that she had prayed for rain. Elaine said it was unlikely to happen as it's normally dry and hot during this time of the year and temperatures had been predicted to be in the 90s for race day.
A glimmer of sun threatened to bathe the canyon in sunlight, though thankfully it stayed quite cloudy so this really didn't happen for long.
Having worked long hours, TG found she was mentally tired. Ecuder sympathised and tried to glide over the rough edges of the tarmac. By 3-4 miles, TG wanted to sleep by the roadside but Ecuder pushed TG on and he sang a song.
Note: There is only one song the tyres sing....an ABBA song.
Mid way there is a short uphill section to "the Elvis turn-around" point. By 3 hours Elvis looked done! After the Elvis turn around, there is a hard shoulder with coarse tarmac. Ecuder tried to glide but found it a little sticky. TG asked God for a little rain, and it sprinkled helping to ease Ecuder's sticky threads. Then the sky rumbled and the rain began to pour down.
The day slowly warmed up and the last 2 miles was nearly hot. The last 1/4 of a mile went onto a concrete path under the trees and TG kicked off her sandals to run barefoot.
Final time = 7:31. TG was happy to have completed and had enjoyed the event. Ecuder was upset and again completely ignored the waiting Lady Suzette. Instead he went to the back of the car, whilst TG went into social mode, talking to everyone and anyone including Lady Suzette!
Next TG takes Ecuder sight seeing!