Happy Friday! Amy Lee recently ran a 10k in Mammoth and wrote a blog to share her experience. Endurance events are tough, doing one at altitude is even harder but all of her hard work in the gym definitely paid off here. Check it out!
“Finished Last Place! Yay!” was the thought going through my mind as I crossed the finished line at the “Quake and Shake 10k” in Mammoth this past Sunday. I finished!
I did feel a little embarrassed as my son’s high school Cross Country team (they have been training in Mammoth, running 15-20 miles/day for the past few days) was cheering me on as I finished. I felt as if I had run a much longer race.
Sure, I’ve done many half-marathons and finished the LA Marathon twice.
However, running on a trail in high altitude of 9000’ is another beast to conquer.
A 10k should have been a walk in the park, but I actually wanted to quit half a mile into the race. My lungs felt like they were burning while running up the steep trail. For those who have never run in high altitude may not know that a drop in barometric pressure affects the way the oxygen in the air enters your body. This decreases the amount of oxygen intake in each breath which makes running a lot harder! Later on, one of the boys on the team told me I now have bragging rights as the only mom on the team to run this race! “The other parents have nothing on you!” they said. Haha, that made it all worth it!
The hundreds…maybe thousands of squats I’ve done at CrossFit 818 for the past 2 years really paid off that day! I would not have had the strength and endurance to finish that race and recover so quickly if it wasn’t for our WODs!
I wish there was a Chicken Soup for the Soul “CrossFit” edition, we could all share our stories of endurance!
Amy with a big smile and thumbs up after completing her race!
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