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May 6, 2012

Finish of Northface 50

Shadow of the Giants 50K

It wasn’t hard to decide who I would want there for my first 100 mile race. These two people have seen me at my very worst and at my best, through injury and triumphs. We’ve logged miles and miles together every week, traveled all over for races and have shared many memories together. I can’t imagine training for any race without the company and support of these two.

Crewing is unique to 100 mile races. When your legs give out during the run, you need the mental support to get you through the hardest part of the night and push you to the finish. Pacers need to know when to push the runner and when to back off. They have to be aware of everything that is going on, making sure you are eating and drinking regularly and paving the way at night. I’m lucky to have these two pacing me with my mom crewing alongside.

Matt Miles 35-70

Matt was there for my first 50K and 50 Miler, pacing me to the finish of both those races, so it’s no surprise I want him there for my first 100. We’ve been through a lot of ups and down during our runs and he definitely saw an ugly side of me during Northface. We’ve supported each other through many races and celebrated many accomplishments. I am confidant that he can pull me through the hottest peaks of the day and keep me motivated. Not only is he a kick ass runner on the road and trails, he never ceases to give up when things get tough. His perseverance makes him invaluable. Matt is also GPS king, without him, I would be lost more often than not on most of my runs.

Here we are climbing Mt. Baldy, not one of my finest moments

Ragnar Relay Napa hand off

Meg Miles 70-100

Meg is one of the most supportive and caring people I know. If someone can make me not think about the miles on my feet at Mile 70, it’s her. We’ve run so many races together, from 10ks to 50 milers, traveling to many states just to run. I know I can count on her to lead the way during the night and really make the last 30 miles an experience we will never forget. I remember my low moments at Wonderland and Avalon 50 this past year and without her company I would have given up long ago. She stayed by my side and kept me company until the finish. She has the fighting spirit and determination I admire and there’s no doubt in my mind we will cross the finish line.

Big Sur Marathon 2011 with our B2B bling

 

T minus 4 days!

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