Coming down with an injury after the last trail run put me in a 6 week zone of recovery, cross-training, and wondering when my next run would be. After the first couple of successful weeks of running post-injury I began my search. Before I make a commitment to any race I look for the uniqueness of the race and whether I've done it before. If I'm going to plunk down $50-70 per race on my student budget then it should be a unique and worthwhile experience. So I happened upon this race in the Mojave desert starting/ending in a ghost town while running in the surrounding desert mountains. Uniqueness: check, new run: check. Megan would be running the 30km race there too.
I reserved a campground spot adjacent to the town to make a fun mini-trip out of it and save us the hassle of driving the 2.5 hours out there in the very early morning. Thanks to this bizarre weather, high 75/low 43 in the dead of winter, we slept under the stars.
|The Last Half Mile|
All in all a very cool way to start the new year!
|Hand painted saw blade awards|