WHERE do I start.
I guess an ULTRA weekend always calls for an ultra epic time.
SO much happened.
I have been sitting on this post all week… adding/adding/adding.
THIS IS LONG.
50 MILES IS EVEN LONGER.
So my SUPER awesome friend Sue signed up for her first 50 mile race, Old Pueblo 50.
SHE was ready.
We like adventures… and to take our time getting places!
After we drove to Tucson for packet pickup we stopped for some coffee before we had to head to the desert to “camp” for the night.
On the way… I asked SueBug,
“SOOOOO where is the tent? I don’t see one.”
Sue replied .. “You said I could do whatever I wanted so I didn’t bring tent.”
Did I mention I LOVE this woman!!
After a few more pit-stops… #chocolateisnecessary
We were on our way!
We ate dinner at one of the FOUR places in Sonoita, AZ.
Miss “I’m about to run 50 miles” SUE chowed down on Seafood Chowder, Pork Chops, Apple Sauce, and … I dunno a bunch of shit. She is amazing in LOTS of ways and her IRON STOMACH is one of them!
We woke up… FREEZING.
Hehe, hardly slept… Air mattresses are cold… and noisy… and there are like, animals in the desert. It was a interesting night. SUE is a rockstar for “sleeping” and gettin’ on to her 50 mile run!!!
Tried making coffee… couldn’t get the camp-thingy to work so she miss out on that.
Walked the 1/4mile down to the start line.
IT WAS FREEZING for real down there… at least 15* colder!
We thought 30 minutes would be enough time… but it seems ultra runners like to poop and start races on time she missed the start by a couple minutes… and HER GARMIN was NOT CHARGED.
Good thing I had mine…
but I couldn’t give it to her until the next aid station…
thankfully only 7 miles away.
AID STATION 1 (mile 7)
SHE looked amazing, I was alone at this point… and it was still cold BUT I made it to the station without getting lost… LOTS of dirt roads without signs but this country girl grew up with that!
AID STATION 2 (mile 25)
My CHOLLA CHICKS finally showed up!!
YAY!! These girls make the time fly.
We have fun.
Super awesome MICHELLE had these sweet card board cut outs made for SUE!!!
So we started playing with “her”
Then our super star SUE showed UP…
YEP this is the face of a girl who had already ran 25 miles and climbed over 2000ft
AID STATION 3 (mile 29)
Yep, this next AID was only 4 miles up the road but it was a whopping 1600ft+ in elevation gain!
Love this picture… We passed our SUE BUG in her BUG.
We got to the AID STATION and got down to business…
THEN in NO TIME! SUE SHOWED BACK UP!!
Shade and sock change!
SUE WANTS YOU!
Then she was off… see ya at MILE 40!!!
AID STATION 4 (mile 40)
This is where it gets hard.
Not only for the runner but the crew.
We got a flat.
I was the only one who “knew” how to change a tire…
bUT I couldn’t get the jackhole to respond to me properly so we had to go ask for help…
Note to self… getting a tire down from the underside of a car is not easy.
Need man brains & muscles =D
The man who saved our day…
GUSTAVO, yep, Gustavo of Racelab!!
Sadly for him he had just changed his own tire when us Cholla Chicks came up to ask for his help.
Such an awesome sweet smart guy!!
You have to watch this video…
After the tire was changed… we went to the aid station!
This is where the photo’s stop for the rest of the station…
WE started working the aid station!!
SO much FUN!!
We got to fill up camelbacks, nathan hydration packs…. you name it! I can fill all them up now!
Being at mile 40, a lot of people came in needed their spirits lifted…
WE ARE GOOD AT LIFTING SPIRITS…
CHOLLA CHICKS ARE LOUD & FUN!!!
A couple hours being at mile 40 we got a text from Sue saying she along with another runner, Ken, were helping another runner who hurt herself and that they needed someone to come get her… they were at mile 35ish probably… The girl was in bad shape, she had fallen and hurt her knee BAD BAD.
The race got someone out there to pick her up about an hour or so later… so I would say Sue & Ken were set back at least a couple hours, but they would not have had it any other way.
I LOVE the ultra community.
Everyone is there for support.
Makes me SO thankful cause that could have been anyone and knowing that people stop to help is very comforting especially in a 50 mile race in middle of nowhere!
Once Sue finally made it to 40, she was still with the other guy who help out the girl who was hurt…
SUE BUG always finds someone to run with and FINISH with.
AID STATION 5 – FINISH LINE (mile 50)
This was the hardest one, not only for us but for SUE TOO!
WE wanted her to be done, and I know she wanted to be done!!
11 more miles (the race is actually 51+miles)
It got dark… then COLD.
Thankfully we had given Sue a long sleeve shirt and she had her gloves…
At another Aid Station (one we couldn’t get to) the volunteers gave our runners more sweaters!!
While waiting around & believing EVERY light was SUE & KEN we played with Cardboard Sue!
THEN WE SAW THEIR LIGHTS!!!!
KEN & SUE
with their awesome belt buckles!!!
Finally we get to pose without CARDBOARD SUE!!
YAY 50 MILER SUE!!!
We got her HOT SOUP & a HOT BURGER then we jetted…
NOTE. the word “jetted”
YEP… you guessed it.
Mandi got pulled over #seeabove
& I got my FIRST ticket.
The officer was super nice and may have though Sue was crazy for running 50 miles!
Oh yeah… that picture was taken from our hotel…
WE ALMOST MADE IT!
Once we did… we got Sue showered up
THEN we popped our bottle of VINO!
50 miles, whatever!!!
THEN we ALL slept like BABIES!!
This story is not over but this post is almost as long as a 50 mile race so part 2 will come shortly!