San Tan 50k
October was a lot of fun. I did a long, hot, grindy 50k training run out at San Tan and then it was special events of some kind or other for the rest of the month.
Kris and I went down to Bisbee to spend the weekend with some family and run the Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb for the second time. It’s a fun little race. It is, however, only about 4 1/2 miles long, so to get some more training miles in, I went out for a trail run that afternoon.
AZT: Crest Trail
My friend Francisco took me out to the Crest Trail in the Huachuca Mountains, and we did some running there, too. It was my first time in that area and I loved it. Experiencing the abrupt temperature shifts and microclimates all up and down the mountain was pretty wild. Looking at the border to Mexico at the base of the mountain I was on was cool, too. I’ve been to Mexico several times, but never from that area, and never just standing and looking at it.
Javelina Jundred (Pacing)
The next weekend was my first pacing gig, where I paced my friend Natali through the final 20 miles of her first 100k out at the Javelina Jundred. I spent a lot of time before the race planning mental strategies to help keep her going if she had a rough time, and I brought some extra goodies for her to eat to break up the monotony that aid station food can be. We made it in and she ate everything I brought for her, so I think it was a success. She seemed to have been glad to have me out there with her.
It was an awesome experience.