I took a few weeks off from the marathon to rest up and heal my aching body. When Memorial Day rolled around, I felt ready enough to participate in the Nanny Goat event. I figured I had 24 hours to complete a 50k, I could crawl the whole thing and still finish with plenty of time to spare. I also knew that this was going to be one big party with a bunch of Marathon Maniac friends, so I had to be there regardless of injuries!
Ultra Woof and I traveled down to Southern California from the Bay Area with a station wagon full of camping gear and food. There was probably more food than camping gear. There was A LOT of food. What do you expect at an ultra event? We spent Friday night at a fellow runner's place near Magic Mountain and headed to the ranch early Saturday morning. This ultra race took place on a one mile dirt loop on a private horse ranch located in Riverside, California, and at 7am, I could already feel the heat. When Ultra Woof and I arrived, we unpacked our gear and claimed our spot in one of the stables in the barn. The thought of hanging out in a horse stable for the next 24 hours was quite comical to me. I felt like I needed some sort of Kentucky Derby moniker, like "Endorphin Equine!" After setting up, I picked up my bib and chilled out before the race.
|What a bunch of Maniacs!|
|I told you we had food, food, and more food!|
|And we're off, just like cattle!|
Was it coincidence that my bib number was 100? Did that mean that I had to run the 100 miles? Or maybe the 100k? The thought of doing either crossed my mind, but reality quickly kicked in when I started to run and felt a little discomfort in my right leg. I immediately dropped to a walk pace, and continued that pace for the next 31 loops! That's what I love about these 24/12 hour races, there is no time constraint. I also love the one mile loop concept because I never "fell behind the pack." Of course, in mileage I did, but because there was always someone ahead or behind me at all times, I always felt in the mix. Ultra races always bring out a great cast of characters, and it was awesome for me to see them over and over again throughout the day and night.
|Here's follow Marathon Maniac and Dolphin South End Runner, Bill McCarty. Bill ran 71 miles...with a broken arm!|
|Deo got his 100 miles in!|
|Jo Jo Starbucks!|
|And there's our Nanny Goat winner, Michael Miller, who ran a whopping 119 miles!|
|Desert Tortoise taking a little break while Bobbi Galindo waits for her man Kansas to make it to the next loop.|
Nanny Goat was one big party for me. Of course I had to work hard to get the 50k in, but I had fun doing so. I made a lot of pit stops at the barn to refuel and socialize throughout the day and was even able to crank out seven ward robe changes!
|The Red E-Dude. These boys' mother asked if she could take a picture of me. The boys posed with Endorphin Dude.|
|E-Dude donned the pink Wabbitz suit for Jessica Wabbitz!|
|Gotta have the Mad Hatter Fancy Pants ensemble!|
|E-Dude traded in the cape for the Monkey shirt to pay tribute to his marathon twin and nemesis, Dave Mari. Yes, E-Dude did attempt the trademark Mari X jump, but failed miserably.|
|It got really hot in the afternoon, so Endorphin Dude threw on a cap. I call this one, "Boy Wonder."|
|And of course, the signature Black Endorphin Dude suit! Here I am with my stable mate (that's my mate who shared a stable with me and not my mate who is stable, although I would say that Kimberly is pretty stable!), Kimberly Lohstroh Miller.|
|When my race ended, I reverted back to plain old Tony Nguyen. I wore my comfortable Nanny Goat tee and medal and cheered on the 100 milers. Poor Deo. There was nothing left in him after circling that ranch 100 times!|
At the end of the weekend, I logged in 31 miles, which was enough to earn me Marathon Maniac credit. My heart really wanted more, but my mind and legs said no. I kind of feel like a slacker because I "only" completed a 50k, compared to everyone else' 50 miles, 100k, 100 miles and beyond. But out of all honesty, I am totally cool with this. Injuries have made this past month very frustrating for me, and completing this 50k brings me great confidence and pride. It's good to be back!
|Titanium scoreboard: 17 down, 35 to go!|