Lets face it. I’m not much of a writer (esp when it comes to basic conventions). So instead of posting a long and drawn out blow-by-blow race report of how The North Face 50-mile Championships went down this weekend I’ve decided to just write 14 lines instead….A Sonnet actually (please don’t judge me on iambic pentameter or my use of punctuation in a poem as I know I failed epically there).
Through the mist of sea and air;
a battle beneath the moonlit sky.
Emerge warriors who try to fly;
a queue of legs and expressions that bare
the risk of fatigue and utter despair.
Self doubt disguised as an alibi;
pain and pressure stripped to ‘just try.’
A deal with one’s soul: to dare.
But in the slosh and slush of bile,
a distant rally cry from the heart
presented in a ferocity to ascend.
Weary and ragged until the final mile;
finding flow in masochistic art.
A rest and Avery will mend.
If you want all the gory details of how things played out you can check out my video log from YouTube below. (As you can see I’m much more comfortable expressing myself through the medium of video). Also, for training information and running tips you can subscribe to my YouTube channel as well for more weekly videos!
I’ve also made this “VLOG” into an MP3 Podcast since it is quite long and boring:
A BIG THANKS to all the volunteers who worked the parking lots, aid stations and marked the course out there this year! I never got lost, and the aid stations were a welcome sight to see thanks to all your hard work. Thank you!
Thanks for all your support and best of luck with your future training and racing!
@SageCanaday (Twitter and Instagram)
“Vo2max Productions” (on YouTube)
Gear Used/Shameless Sponsor Plugs:
Kicks: HOKA One One Challenger ATR Trail Shoe (AKA the “Clifton Trail”)
Hydration: Ultimate Direction 20oz Handheld, Jurek Essential Waist belt (filled with gel flasks)
Nutrition: about 20 Vfuel gels
Compression: Compressport USA R2 Calf Sleeves during race, Recovery Full length compression socks after.
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GPS tracking/Training: Strava.com
Socks: Drymax max protection