With some of the longest endurance running races in the world under her belt, including the 135-mile Badwater ultramarathon and six-day, 300 km Marathon de Sables, a 50 km race shouldn’t seem that hard.
Tired of snow on the trails in Squamish, Jen Segger headed down to Seattle last weekend to race in the Bridle Trails Winter Festival 50 km. She originally meant to race as part of a relay with her adventure race team, but decided to go solo.
She wasn’t expecting much in the rain and mud, but made six laps of the 8.4 km course in the Bellevue/Kirkland area in a course record time of four hours, 18 minutes and 51 seconds.
But while she was fast, it wasn’t easy as she was plagued by stomach pains less than halfway into the run and forced to run slower. The pains persisted to the end, and all the way home to Squamish — a drive that took her twice as long as she kept pulling over to throw up.