week away at the Zion 100mile ultra down in Utah pacing for my dear friend and athlete Mary Betts.
Reflecting back 1 year ago, I was in a totally different place in my life. I had traveled down to the Zion 100 to pace my friend Slater Fletcher at his 2nd place finish and I followed that up with a run across Zion National Park the next day and then a double crossing of the Grand Canyon with my friend/old team mate Matt Hart. As amazing as that trip was, I was plagued by my adrenal issues and achilles tendonitis – both at the height of causing havoc on my life. But through some dedicated changes over the past 12 months, it's become apparent that I had made some great progress with my adrenals. Heck, I was able to get pregnant, something that I don't an unhealthy body would have allowed.
I was excited to hit the course with her but I had 2 personal rules that I would follow. Firstly, if the temperatures were too warm, I wouldn’t run and secondly, if my heart rate went above talking pace I would stop. Fortunately, I felt amazing out on the race course other then my frequent need to pee (which got overly annoying!) Anyways, I ran through the night and early into the next morning. We maintained a steady pace and I loved our small chit chat and running under the stars surrounded by all the super cool Mesa’s. Knowing this would be my last run for a long time, I embraced every hour that went by. I think I logged just under 70km with her and did take a break at 4am to stretch out my hamstrings and back. What I noticed was a lot of pain in my lower back, it was just a constant throb and I attribute that to my pelvis shifting about and the pelvic tilt that seems to come with the extra weight of my belly. I wanted to be smart so Mary did 6 miles on her own before I re-joined her around 7am at the next checkpoint. We enjoyed our last 11miles together and finished up just in time for breakfast! Congrats to Mary on a mission successful!
I’m thankful for Mountain Mama who has welcomed me onboard as an ambassador for this stage of my life. They make some great clothing for active pregnant woman and I can’t tell you how sweet it is to have a few new pieces in my wardrobe that actually fit over my stomach and don’t compress me at the waste. I am living in the Harper Hoodie pullover and fleece pants that they make. Only a few of my Salomon tops and jackets still fit so thankfully summer is just around the corner.
We said goodbye to Zion (I’m almost most certain I will return there to race in the near future) and flew onto Palm Springs for post race recovery for Mary! I can handle 34C, no problem! I enjoyed some great morning rides with Barb Sweeney out on our road bikes followed by pool time in the afternoons with Mary, Barb and fellow “chief of crew” Kay Simpson!
Now that I am home, its back to putting the final touches on the Loop the LakesTrail Race course as race day is quickly approaching (May 25th - have you signed up yet to come run some great Squamish trails???) I’ve also got a great new carbon Specialized hard tail that has been calling my name! Biking will be go-to for long as I can and hopefully by then, the lakes will have warmed up. Besides my cycling jerseys being overly tight now (I usually have to wear one of Norm's) I'm still comfortable in the saddle. We will see how long that lasts for.
Thanks to everyone who has been reaching out and all you "already mom's" who are offering all sorts of advice and words of wisdom! It goes a long way!!