|But there are only three "hills!"|
I'll give you a hint- top right corner.
The 50k started at 8am and the 25k kicked off at 9am. I was standing in a sea of about 1000 people and each one of us knew about the bottleneck that was about to happen. So everyone sprints like heck across the bridge trying to get a better position and then we all come to a screeching halt once we reach the trail.
|Go! Sprint! Screeeech!!!|
|Things are about to get real.|
|The view is stunning and the photo does it no justice.|
The first descent really wasn't all that bad. It was the next climb that had me hating life. I know this is going to sound ridiculous, but I almost didn't realize I was climbing because of all the rocks and creek crossings. I was actually happy when I reached the climb called "S.O.B." because I knew I was officially out of that rock nightmare. The S.O.B. is a butt-ugly climb where you quit literally have to claw your way to the top because it is that steep.
Perhaps the worst thing about the S.O.B. is that you think you are done climbing, but take another look at the elevation profile, you actually continue to run at an incline on a jeep road for a little bit longer before beginning your final descent. The last descent was a beautiful run, and I would have enjoyed it a whole lot more if my quads would have not been on fire.
Eventually you reach the road and cross the bridge once more. I refused to walk, even though my legs were toasted. As a cruel joke the course finishes on one last hill, but then you can celebrate at one of the best post-race parties around! Or, like me, find a nice patch of grass to lay down in and focus on not hurling.
|Photos courtesy http://runpunxsyrun.org|
|Smiling because the man handing out water to finishers was wearing a CJ's Resolution Challenge shirt!|
|My thought bubble would read, " Don't throw up. Don't throw up. Don't throw up."|
Photos courtesy of See PA Run. Thanks, Bo!