Thank you! Overall I’m really happy with how the day went, and I’m proud of running a smooth and smart race. Two regrets that resulted in excessive blisters: not wearing gaiters and not changing socks earlier. The first third of the course was pretty gnarly (see next question), and I ended up with a ton of mud/grit/pebbles in my shoes. I debated changing socks at Duncan Canyon (mile 24), but held off until Robinson (mile 30) before swapping. My crew and I didn’t have a towel or rag with us (now we know!), which would have helped to clean my feet off better when I did eventually switch socks.
2) What was your favorite section of the Western States Trail? Least favorite?
3) What was your cooling strategy?
You know that 90’s song by Vanilla Ice? 🙂
4) How did it feel passing former champions Kaci and Stephanie? That had to be quite a boost?! Did you know exactly when you cracked the top 10? On twitter the re-positioning of runners seemed so chaotic after Forrest Hill.
In general, it was a blast to run alongside women who I’ve looked up to in the sport, and any time I passed someone I knew I was in a bit of disbelief. When my husband Ely was pacing me and we came up behind one of my lady running legends, he’d say “dude, you’re about to pass ___!!!!”.
5) How many vfuel gels did you have? Some of all the flavors?
I took one gel (almost) every 30 minutes, so you do the math! I stuck with mostly VFuel Vanilla or Fudge Brownie gels, although my favorite is actually Peach Cobbler (it tastes like peach rings). I supplemented the gels with lots of watermelon (I ate it at almost every aid station!), VFuel drink mix (Cool Lime), and an assortment of chews and Honey Stinger Waffles, and a popsicle. My stomach stayed happy all day and I didn’t have any real GI issues.
6) What shoes did you wear? How many times did you change socks?
7) Will you be in Squaw in 2018?!
Yes! I’m excited to go back and improve now that I know the course and have a bit more 100 mile experience 🙂
-which trail in western WA gave you the best training for the canyons on the Western States course?
I know it’s not western WA, but the Rainshadow Running Yakima Skyline 25k course was a great way to get used to moving up and down steep climbs while also baking in a hot canyon.
– did you take any of Jeff Browning’s Western advice from when he visited the shop last November?