When my friend Bri separated her AC joint mountain biking this summer she decided to focus on the only sport she could do, which was running, and on a whim, registered for the Bizz Johnson Trail Marathon in Susanville, CA.
I have tons of customers who have run this event and while they have always lauded the course and the support, I have heard many a horror story about how it was snowing, or raining, or snowing and raining on race day and how miserable it can be. Honestly, most years that I’ve lived in Tahoe it has snowed every year on that weekend.
Because Bri and I had tickets to go see Florence and the Machine in the Bay Area with some friends of mine, I decided that I would register for the half and tag along so that we could drive straight from the Bay to Susanville for the event.
So, we drove all over Northern CA and ran marathons. No big deal.
We spent Friday night with my friends Chris and Erin, who danced to Florence with us, cooked us bacon and waffles the next morning, and showed off their gorgeous new daughter.
Look at those happy beautiful eyes!
On Saturday we drove up to Susanville and camped at the gorgeous and completely empty Eagle Lake Campground and Recreation Area. Literally empty. There were probably 60 campsites there and only three of them in use, including ours!
Things that you should do before running a marathon: 1) go to concerts, 2) drink wine, 3) drive 7 hours, 4) spend some of that time shopping at IKEA. We are so pro.
Eagle Lake Campground and Recreation Area
The Bizz Johnson Marathon and Half Marathon take place on Susanville’s Bizz Johnson Trail, a 25.4 mile Rails to Trails Project that follows the old Fernley and Lassen Branch Line of the Southern Pacific railroad. The trail starts at the old Susanville Rail Depot and follows the Susan River Canyon.
Booker explores the beginning of the Bizz Johnson Trail.
Briana was taken 26.2 miles away where she was hoping to get a BQ time on the mostly downhill course, but came in just slightly past her goal time. Regardless, it was her first marathon and she did awesome!!
Bri comes across the finish line looking strong!
The half marathon course was an out and back on the trail, which included one of my favorite race moments ever: running through a super dark, quiet and 800 foot long railroad tunnel! It was so cool!
Physically, I had a pretty terrible race, but while I didn’t feel super awesome, at least the scenery was gorgeous and the event was well run, which is more than I can say for the last horrible race I had, which took place in the god-awful town of Wichita Falls, TX. So far I am 0 for 2 on races this year!
Anyways, I had gone in to see my PT/Chiropractor with a slight injury the week before and he cleared me to run, thinking I had some minor soft tissue damage. This was apparently a bigger problem than we both thought because now I haven’t been able to run again since the half which leaves me feeling a bit anxious about the upcoming half and full marathons I’m registered for. I know I can always just go out slow and wing it, but I’d rather not come away from this year’s marathon with a stress fracture. I still have no idea what’s wrong with my leg, but in short, it feels like a lead rod is jamming up my tibia into my knee when I run.
So, I ran a half marathon. Oh, I got third in my age group. Bri ran a marathon, she got 2nd in her age group. We saw Florence and the Machine. We shopped at Ikea. We picked up my new table from West Elm. We had fun. Overall, a successful, but busy and driving filled time.