Yakima 50K 2015 – Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes…

It’s hot. The sun is mercilessly baking me and everything around me.  I take a few steps and stop. Step. Stop. Step. Stop. Just a little more water. What? That bottle is empty? I just left the aid station two miles ago. *sigh* I put my hand on my head and think. Wait – why is my hat dry? And why are my arms dry? It’s hot. I should be sweating.

My Short Yakima (not) 50K Run

I then made the decision to turn back to the half-way aid station and accept my first 50K DNF. It was either two miles downhill I knew I could make, or five mixed miles to the next aid station, without water, that seemed… questionable.

It was a frustrating day, to be sure. Yakima 50K is my favorite 50K; partially because of the staggering difficulty and partially because of the awe-inspiring beauty. Being let down by my body was not fun. I think I had enough water – I just wasn’t processing it fast enough. Well, something to work on…

It was still a fun day hanging out with some good friends.  Better days were had by Luke, Ethan, and Dave – although I bet none of them would call them good days!

A few scenes from this amazing race

Not a cloud in the sky.  Ominous.
Not a cloud in the sky. Ominous.
Race Check-in
Race Check-in
"Why are all you jokers wearing jackets?!?" Or something like that.  I have no idea, really.
“Why are all you jokers wearing jackets?!?” Or something like that. I have no idea, really.
Top 3: Mike Foote, Nate Jaqua, Masazumi Fujioka
Top 3: Mike Foote, Nate Jaqua, Masazumi Fujioka
The post-race party!
The post-race party!

The abbreviated route

2 thoughts on “Yakima 50K 2015 – Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes…

  1. So sorry Kevin! I have two other friends that also didn’t finish and two more friends that ran the Gorge 100k (and barely finished) and said it was too much too soon. Glad you enjoyed the after party tho. I have yet to freaking start this race am jealous you got to do half!

    1. Thanks, Martin! Yeah – I didn’t address the time between Gorge 100K and this race, but I also do think it was too much too soon. I hope you get out to this race next year – I’m planning on it!

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