|Photo Jason Perez|
June 2011 I DNF'd at 52 miles into San Diego 100. I was sick and thought it was unwise to continue when I couldn't hold down nutrition. Kerry and Michele Harmon went on to finish while Joe Clapper and I crewed the rest of the 2011 race. This year I was 'pulling an Art Perraud at Masochist' - unfinished business, I wanted to finish it.
The race starts and finishes at the Al Bahr Campground in Laguna, CA - 59 miles east of San Diego in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness. It traverses the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Noble Canyon, and Cuyamaca Trails. The start is about 5400 ft, climbing to just under 7,000 ft.
|Joe Clapper out in front - Glenn Tachiyama|
|mile 33 aid - Glenn Tachiyama|
Much of the rest of the course is on single track pine forest and lower growth jeep roads. The air is crisp and cool with a high of low 80's and low of mid 40's in the overnight. Without much himidity, the weather is perfect for running.
|Doug about 20 miles in|
|mile 52/80 AS - Glenn Tachiyama|
I got back to mile 80 AS just before 7AM and Kerry said I was doing great. She ran up the canyon with me for 4 miles or so to ask what she could get me and just to see how my motivation was knowing this was important for me.
|unknown runner around mile 85 - Meg Yu photo|
Next up, Hardrock 100 - July 13-15. Kerry and I are both running it.