A lot of runners have a dream race or event on their running “to do” list. For Michael Jimenez, that race was the Badwater 135. Notice I said “was”.
I was able to join Michael for a few easy miles shortly after he completed his dream race, a race in which he finished 7th overall by the way! We talked a lot about his experience at Badwater this year, but also got into some of his past that helped him get to the point where running his dream race was able to become a reality. We also talked about the reasons he decided to get into running ultras in the first place, which is something that I’m always curious about since I can’t wrap my head around going any farther than 26.2 miles.
Here are just a few of the highlights of today’s chat:
- The positive effects of peer pressure
- The perspective gained from pacing one of his running heroes (Oswaldo Lopez) in a previous Badwater race
- How did the race measure up to pre-race expectations?
- The issues associated with finding a crew for a big race
- Van issues putting his race finish in jeopardy
- A recap of the Badwater 135
- The competitive juices kicking in near the end of a 135 mile race
Some other photos from Michael’s Badwater 135 Experience
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