Quite frankly, I’m Scared. What does it take to run 100 miles non-stop in the Sierra Nevada? I will find out in a little more than a week. Do I have what it takes to keep going on tired, sore, lifeless legs? What about the sleep deprivation that some say brings on hallucinations at night? How much fluid will I need to keep from getting dehydrated? All these questions will be answered soon, because this is my first attempt at finishing this distance.
Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Run (TRT) in 13 hours and 20 minutes and believe that I’ll be able to run twice that far this year. I have 35 hours to finish which is lenient compared to the cut-off times of many 100 mile events.
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When runners crest the top of Snow Valley Peak they experience the “glimpse of heaven” – the wonderful view of Lake Tahoe. After they descend Red House Loop Trail participants suffer the “taste of hell” as this is a 1000 ft steep climb; straight up. This multi-day adventure will prove to be a roller coaster of heaven and hell. At times I’ll be having the time of my life, but there will be the difficult, painful patches as well. An ultramarathon saying goes: “You run for long enough and something is bound to happen”. I’m sure many things will happen that I will have to overcome as I take on this distance of 100 miles.
lady bugs. Apparently the beetles congregate at the highest elevations in an area.
Collared lizards were abundant in the Franklins, and some red winged blackbirds and a blue bird that I couldn’t identify were present at the river.
The trail where I twisted my ankle (I still made it to the top)
North Franklin Peak as seen from S. Franklin