>Look What I Can Do!>1st 30K--check
I did it. It wasn't pretty. Pacific Coast Trail Runs Sequoia Summer. It was held in a beautiful park with hilly trails. I brought my ipod but ran without it on since it was mostly on single track. This wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, since the serenity of the forest was entrancing early in the morning.
The problems came later when it started to heat up. I did not bring a water bottle and the distance between aid stations was a bit long. This was even after reading the course information "It is recommended that runners carry at least 20 oz fluid between stations." What a dope I am! Of course I got very dehydrated and was really suffering towards the end and forced to walk -walk I tell you!
It didn't help that I took a wrong turn at the beginning of the race and probably ran an extra mile. But hey, it was the first time I've ever attempted a run much over 16 miles ever so overall I'm happy. Does make me want to go out again and do it right, though.
Get Lost :)
Thanks. I do wish that I had some photos because the park is absolutely gorgeous. Just imagine giant redwoods and over 3000' of elevation gain. Some hills were so steep they were of the hikable variety.
I do think that dehydration got in the way of achieving any sort of runner's high...or perhaps I just needed to run oh say 50 or more miles longer like you did. Great job to you at Vermont.