“You live a charmed life,” my Mom commented on the phone today, with absolutely no hint of sarcasm or judgement. I had matter-of-factly been describing my day as I prepare to embark on a 100-mile running journey in Bryce Canyon, Utah.
The Bryce Canyon 100 Mile race starts this Friday, June 5, 2015, at 6am. It is an out-and-back course in the high desert along the Bryce Canyon National Park. The weather forecast is showing a good chance of thunder showers starting in the afternoon and going through the night. This should work in my favor, so long as I keep warm and moving.
So that you can watch me moving along, I will once again carry our InReach satellite messenger. However, I don’t plan to pick it up until the Pink Cliffs Aid Station (Mile 56.5). If all goes well, the first tracking point will be sent out by 7:15pm local time (or 6:15pm PST). The unit will send subsequent tracking points about every 10 minutes. You can compare the tracking map to the race map to get a feel for my progress.
- Click here to watch my progress after Mile 56.5 (enter password: helenisagoat)
- Click here to view the Bryce 100 course map
- And for the curious… find the course elevation profile here
It is a privilege and decadence to partake in any 100-mile trail race. When I hit that tired low during the dark and cloudy night, I will remember that I do, indeed, live a charmed life, and that my dear friends and family may just be watching, so I will do my best to keep moving. And not chase squirrels.