Brand new pretty gore-tex shoes being tested for the first time (and little did I know how tested they would be!).
A reward of beautiful views of the CA coastline after climbing some messy muddy hilly trails.
A visit to the magical Muir Woods.
All on a preview of the North Face Endurance Challenge 50k course.
With just a few hills over the course of my longest run ever. Mile 10-12 and 25 were identifiable low points.
Some seriously broken in shoes and 32+ miles run! It was anything but easy, but we stayed positive, kept moving forward and finished with smiles.
One more long run (but not that long!) between me and taper!