On Saturday, February 6, 2016, I got to volunteer at the Sean O’ Brien 50/50 trail race by my Coach, Keira Henninger. I was excited to help in any way. Volunteering is a big part of ultra running, as I’ve learned.
I volunteered at the gate entrance, collecting $5 for parking. I started at 4 am, when it was about 30 degrees! I was freezing my butt off but it was fun chatting with the other volunteers and the park ranger. I got to see many friends as they entered Malibu Creek State Park!
We finished in time for me to get to the start of the 50k at 7 am.
I got to see friends at the start! I looked for my fellow Dirt Divas, Joyce and Heather, but didn’t see them in the crowd. I cheered on the runners and kept positive thoughts for my teammates all day!
I helped unload finish line food, chatted with friends and then tried to warm up a little. My feet were frozen! I wasn’t getting warmed up so I decided I’d better get going on my run.
I wanted to go for a short run since I was already at this beautiful place, Malibu Creek State Park. I figured I’d go to the M*A*S*H site and maybe go out a little farther. I couldn’t run too far as I had a wedding to go to later that evening.
My run began on Crags Road.
I got to the bridge at about Mile 1.7. By this time, my feet had thawed out, finally!
There was some singletrack just before getting to the M*A*S*H site.
This medical vehicle was in a different place from the last time I was here. I was surprised when I didn’t see it at first and then saw it was moved.
The view is gorgeous. I took my time and checked out all of the artifacts.
I got to explore some of the artifacts I hadn’t looked at closely before. So cool! I used to watch this show as a kid. It’s so cool that it was filmed here!
The view from the M*A*S*H site is just amazing.
I ran past the M*A*S*H set to the Bulldog trail.
I didn’t go very far on Bulldog as it was time to turn back but I want to come back here again. It’s such a great training run and the views are really amazing.
On my way back, I got into the medical truck for a photo since a fellow runner was checking out the site, too!
It was cool to do my first solo trail run! I knew the trail and just soaked in the views. I thought about how cool it would be to run Sean O’Brien one day.
This view is my favorite!
When I got back, I got to chat with my coach, Keira. I felt so lucky to be part of the race in a small way. I was bummed I couldn’t stay all day but there will be many more races to help with and run. It was very inspiring to be out there. Every time I’m out on the trails, it just reaffirms why people run on trails. I never get tired of the views and continue to feel challenged and blessed. My friends finished well and it was a great day all around!