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Black Canyon 100k Ultra Race

This weekend I ran my first 100km ultra (62 miles), just north of Phoenix, AZ. It took me 15 hours to complete it. The heat (86F) and elevation gain (7,000+’) were significant factors. I’m happy to report that I just have one big blister and that I did not fall in spite of the trail being rocky from start to finish.



The biggest surprise in this race was how fun it was to connect with the other runners while on the course. I’m used to running alone with my headphones on. It was a totally different experience to meet up with people and hear their stories while running. In a way it felt like I was a kid playing with friends. We were all just out there for 15 hours, having an adventure. With aid stations feeding the runners snacks every 8 miles, this sense of play felt supported.



There were extremes, such as a huge drop rate (nearly 50 out of 140 people did not get to the finish line). While running at night in the dark I heard guns being fired all around and one point a group of five us heard a bullet flying through the grass near by.



I’m proud of myself for not getting lost and for managing my needs like carrying enough water, salt pills and food. Aside from some foot, calf, and quad cramping that slowed me down, this was an ideal first 100k race experience. Especially since the distance and elevation are both 2x more than I have ever attempted.



While I ran the 100k Wendy ran her very first race, an18k with a lot of elevation gain. She started out at noon and in the midday heat. I keep telling her that she ran a perfect race because she ran according to her heart rate, keeping it at below 160 until the final couple of miles and then running in hard. That takes discipline and its what makes people able to run far distances.



 Black Canyon 100k





Black Canyon 100k

Black Canyon 100k

Black Canyon 100k Ultra Race

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