Yesterday I had scheduled a long run of 26 miles. A marathon. I wasn't very inspired to run a marathon. I have a rule about not wearing any event clothing if I wasn't part of the event. No race t-shirts if I didn't race it, etc. However, in June at the end of the WS100 I found a pair of running shorts with Western States 100 written on the leg. I've never done WS100. The closest I've gotten to it is to be a spectator the last 2 years. But I decided to buy the shorts. I wanted to have them as motivation. I know I will have days when I don't want to train and all I have to do is put on those shorts and instant motivation. So that's what I did yesterday.
One of the few views along the trail
About a mile from the finish is the Harmony Ridge market, a great place to stop and grab a cold drink if you're smart enough to bring money. I wasn't.
Harmony Ridge Market
So, about the marathon dog. Yuba is incredible. I've been building up his long runs so I knew he was ready for this. He stayed right with me and even had enough energy towards the end to chase a couple squirrels. He managed to keep cool in the occasional puddle which would invigorate him and he'd go tearing down the trail. I'm not sure about taking him on runs longer than 26 miles tho. Anyone out there have any thoughts on this? What's too far for a dog?