Thursday, July 3, 2014
Since the day that I had known that Shavi would be doing Western States this year, I was looking forward to it (NOT). It is a hard course plus such kind of races require lot of training. We both knew that with a newborn at home (which means sleepless nights) and crazy work, training would not be easy at all. Yet Shavi was determined to do it. I have a lot of respect for such long distance runners. Not only because they run that far but because they undergo a lot of training which requires lot of perseverance, hardships and determination. As they say - it is all in the brain. To train the brain along with physical training is no way even close to easy. Shavi used to go out for a run when the temperature would be in 100s (Fahrenheit), wearing 3 layers of clothes and a jacket, gloves, cap. People on the trails might have been thinking that he has some issues probably, but we knew how hard it was to train for heat! He would go sit in saunas for couple of hours. Do hot yoga. And of course run almost all day on weekends. Ugh. He just went on one night training run, to figure out what all he needs for running during night. Extra, extra headlights and batteries, mosquito repellents, a light jacket etc.
After every half mile, I wanted to turn back. This is the initial course of the Western States 100-mile Endurance run: 2550 ft climb in those initial ~4 miles. Brutal is the only word.