|Marathon 20 - Mesa Falls, Idaho||Story*Training*Injury*Schedule*Spectators*Statistics|
Another beautiful run, thru the mountains and valleys of Idaho. Dave Jacobson did a great job with this one. Well marked, enough support, and a great embroidered tee shirt.
I was excited that they gave me seeded race number 2, but once again, the government failed me, by providing an insufficient amount of Oxygen to the State of Idaho. ;-)
A 40 degree start and 80 degree finish, plus the altitude, made this one difficult for me.
This run starts at 6100' and end at 5200'... The first 9 miles are on a crushed gravel road, mostly flat, but footing was sometimes hard. Crossing the Cattle Guards wasn't pleasant. At 9, we turned onto a blacktop and began a gradual descent. At 12 we reached the Lower Mesa Falls.
Continuing a decline to around 13, where a vicious drop, coupled with a transition from pavement to trail. We stuck on this trail path for 3 or 4 miles. Very pretty.
Then at 17, the hill-from-hell. 3 miles, 5 degrees. Yuck
At this point, I lost the will to live, and quite a bit of time, taking extended and frequent walk breaks.
Updated August 23rd, 2003