Way too Cool 50K: a recap from the sidelines

Having friends on the sidelines at CIM made the race a million times better, so when a bunch of my best running pals got into the Way Too Cool 5OK this year, I was excited to make the trek up to Cool, CA (yep, that’s really the name of the town!) to cheer.

We were on the road at 6:10 and got to Cool in under two hours.  I JUST missed the start of the first wave, so I didn’t have a chance to see Aron and Jessica off, but I did get this picture. I know they’re in there somewhere!

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After that, Mike and I found Alyssa and hung out with her until the second wave started.

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The runners did an 8 mile loop then came back through the start, so Jana and I posted up right across from the aid station to wait for our friends to come through.

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It was nice and sunny and it was really fun cheering for everyone.

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Jess, Aron, Alyssa, Kristen, and Layla all looked awesome!

After they all went through, we knew we had a little while until they all came back to finish, so we set out to do the first 8 miles of the course.  Unsurprisingly, we were not the only spectators with this plan. After 1.5 miles on the road, it turned off onto beautiful single track.

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As awesome as it was, I really appreciated that I got to stop after 8 miles.

We hung out on some hay bales near the finish and the first man came through in 3:08, a new course record. CRAZY!  The our friends started finishing.  Jess and Aron stayed together and ran a huge PR, and Alyssa, Layla, and Kristen all became ultramarathoners.

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It was an awesome day, but by the end I was so exhausted it almost felt like I’d run 31 miles. Spectating is tiring, but it was great to see my friends run and celebrate with them at the finish.

 

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