What made you want to do the WS100?
Western States is the original 100-mile race, I love the history around the race and the iconic location. I wanted to challenge myself over the 100-mile distance and in one of the most competitive ultra-trail races.
What was your game plan attacking the course? How do you even comprehend planning running that far?
My coach (Allison Benton, AB Training Group) and I discussed race tactics at the start of race week. The plan was to start cautiously and build as the race progressed. I wanted to enjoy my first 100-mile race and I can happily say that I did.
I broke the race down, 4 x 25 miles… it still sounds pretty daunting, but it made it far more manageable and achievable. I had a great 8-week training block in Ethiopia which helped both physically and mentally.
What was the hardest moment on the course?
The canyons!! It started to heat up and there are two long climbs, one after the other, which can get tough… especially as its only 40 miles into the race!
How did the feet hold up, did your insole benefit you?
My feet give me very few problems, I have lost a couple of toe nails but that’s about it! The insole adds to the structure of the shoe and gave me the support I needed for the 100-mile distance!