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Black Canyon 100K

“The most precious light is the one that visits you in your darkest hour” - Mehmet Murat ildan
My light went out at mile 49 and I had just turned it on. How can that be? The batteries should be fresh. I realized that I had forgotten to change them out before coming to Arizona. And that’s all it took for me to hit a low point. It felt like a dark cloud engulfed my soul and mind with uncertainty. Every long distance runner knows this feeling all too well. Did I pack extra batteries? I quickly checked. A runner passed by and offered her light as I searched my bag.


The morning started out pretty cold and I was grateful for the fire pit that kept me warm. Runners stood around and talked about previous races. A million thoughts raced through my mind as I was waiting for the start. It had flooded a couple nights before and the ground was muddy. The mud was already sticking to my shoes and it felt heavy. Was it going to be like this the whole way? A few runners were picking the sticky mud off t…

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