Race Recap:  4th Annual Jackpot Ultra Running Festival by Coach Kristie

Race Recap: 4th Annual Jackpot Ultra Running Festival by Coach Kristie

Most who know me know that Jackpot has worked it’s way into my heart as one of my all time favorite races.  I accidentally came across the inaugural in 2014 when I was following doctor’s orders while walking to rehabilitate after spine surgery. I was on the course with the most amazing people, all at different levels of suffering. All having the time of their lives.  I ended up sticking with some and pacing.  When I was done with my walk I immediately went home and signed up for the race next year. 2015 I finished with a little over a 100k 2016 I finished with a little over 100 miles earning my first belt buckle Thats the thing about Jackpot, you go “Beyond Limits”.  To get your goal, you have to go over a little bit due to the loop distances. Leading up to Jackpot 2017 life started getting in the way.  My son is a competitive youth hockey player, he plays for the Nevada Jr. Storm travel team.  His travel schedule was grueling.  We were out of state practically every weekend.  I was exhausted and I wasn’t the one playing.  Training was getting to be a labor, a chore.  I was out of balance.  I finally confessed to my business partner and Coach, Rebecca, I couldn’t train for more than a half distance.  I didn’t have the time or energy, it wasn’t there.  Dialing back really made a difference in mind and body.  As a coach I really stress to my clients that balance is a huge part in training. My priority that race weekend would be...