Run 8:02:00  27.7 mi (17:24 / mi) +6306ft 14:19 / mi
This is a LOT of climbing. Left calf/ ITB started bugging at 12 miles and I couldn't run anything. Wasn't about to walk 55k's so pulled at 45k's. Live to fight another day.
Literally "off-the-couch" since I spent the last 2 weeks sick.
Woke up Friday morning with some crazy vertigo for no apparent reason. It got slightly better as the day progressed, but I didn't feel awesome.
Woke up Saturday morning feeling better, but REALLY tired and run down. Plan was to jog the first 50k and see how I felt.
First 8.5 is mostly downhill, I just jogged and took it super-easy. Ran about 12 min miles and holding way back. In no hurry and just enjoying the scenery and being on the trails. Probably the best head space in a race ever; totally chatting up the aid station people, and munching all kinds off goodies before heading off.
Up Dead Horse Trail; started the downhill into Green Valley and my left lateral calf tightened up on me. Two weeks on the couch + off camber trails = shortened muscles. Cruised into Green Valley, re-filled my flask, saw H and got a kiss. Calf making me gimp a little, but not too bad. Was fine climbing and I hoped it would work out if I took it easy descending.
Up out of Green Valley, up Pine Ridge, back down and more of the same with the calf.
Then the climb to Cuyamaca Peak...OMFG. What asshole thought climbing that was a good idea? I have no words for how much that hurt and sucked. Out of water an hour before the aid station, woozy, headeachy and so blown.
Sat down at the aid station, tried icing - nope. Stretching? - nope. Wanted to drop, ride down was at least 30 mins and we were staying at Paso Picacho anyway (next aid station). Eff it. Stuffed my face full of coke and fritos, re-filled the bottles and hobbled out.
Conejo trail is GNAR. Now I see why Slate rolled his ankle here. Super loose, rocky, and flat out unstable. Bottom section looked fun and totally run-able, but the leg wasn't having it. Into Paso Picacho and pulled the plug. Just not worth creating some kind of long-term injury, and sitting out the last 2 weeks, the legs just didn't have it. Some days you just don't have it.
See you next year.