I wasn’t sure what to expect with Badwater given only having 2 weeks in between and because 375 miles was the furthest I’ve run at one go, minus the Appalachian Trail. I got out for low-intensity fitness still daily from walks with our dog Carly, treading water in the pool, sauna sessions, short yoga sessions, push-ups, planks, and shorter runs.
While I didn’t feel my tank was full, I was amazed my body kept forward as well as it did in Badwater. I actually ran one of my fastest splits ever to mile 42. Once we started the idea of being conservative didn’t register, and I just felt like pushing. I would say the number one thing that helped me to continue for 135 miles and well after my muscles were fully fatigued was nutrition which Tailwind was my primary ingredient.
I’m excited to be off to the Azores with RunQuest Travel at the end of this week.I’ve been taking guests to Portugal now for 10 years. I’m looking forward to running up some volcanic trails, jumping into hot springs and cool waters. My next race will be the Canadian Death Race in Canada with all trails and more vert. It will be fun to change gears!