Wednesday, February 06, 2008


On last weekend's Rocky Raccoon Race in Huntsville, TX

What surprised you most about the race?
I didn't have any surprises.

What advice helped you achieve your goal?
I failed in my goal of seeing my sister-in-law finish her first ultra. I succeeded in introducing my family to ultras. My crewing experience helped me to help my family. I would recommend that all runners do this! Nothing will teach you faster about the process of running ultras! I was able to recognize potential problems and take appropriate action to avert them.

Did you meet any new friends on the course?
For me the most heart warming part of this sport is the overwhelming support that complete strangers give to each other. Jorge, the winner, was always encouraging and smiling as he went by. Kira was so bright and chipper that I knew it had to be her! The aid station volunteers were on top of everything and smiling to boot!

Is there something you learned that you'll use in future races (good, bad, or ugly!)
Even if you fail to gain your goals you can still have a great time.

Any words of advice for others thinking about doing an ultra?
Respect = Awareness + Discipline.

I saw a lot of trash left for volunteers to clean up. Isn't it enough that they have fed you, watered you, aided you when you were sick, & waited through the night for you!!!!!!!!!
There is no excuse for throwing trash on the ground. That includes cups & gel tops, people!


Bob - said...

Congrats Coach to all ur students success stories...

Sounded like an awesome time from what I have read & the few I spoke with...Leigh told me I have to do this next year, she called me up and said we are missing out and can't miss it next year-lol

Anonymous said...

This picture does not look like she ran to far and I did not see garbage on the course, I pick it up do the rest of you?

Anonymous said...


So great to see you in Texas and looking so happy and strong during your 100 miler. I love that you had no know the drill and you are such a quick study. Hope to see you soon at a race where we can cross paths for a little longer...I miss you girlfriend!



Bob Becker said...

Hi, Jackie! Always great seeing you out on the trail--or on the road. Hearing that familiar, "Hi, Bobby!", is a real boost when I'm running solo. Thanks for the support, my friend, and congrats on another 100-mile finish.
Bob Becker

Lisa Smith-Batchen said...

Hey girl!

How wonderrful of you to pace your sister in law and have a family experience, one that I am sure will be a dinner table conversation for year's to come.
You look beautiful as always

Anonymous said...

I would have loved the chance to have talked with you and run for awhile; maybe another time....real life Dagny's are rare. Well done!!! Congrats.

Kira :)

Laurie said...

hi sushine,
you brighten every place you go! great to see you on the course - smiling and putting out great energy.
look forward to seeing you on the trails!

leigh said...

girlfriend! missed being with all of you! great talking to you and congrats on putting away another 100!