Ultrarunning. A big race with lots of big name people. Ok, ok, it’s Wasatch. I know this just because I do, not because I remember certain aid stations by name or recognize aspects of the course. I’m here reinventing myself as a fast(er) runner, so I am going out hard. I get to the first aid station at the same time as Pam Smith, which is really like oh-shit-whoa. I figure that I won’t be around her for that long so I can savor this, but at the same time I’m feeling pretty ok - not like I went out too hard at all. Maybe this being faster thing might work.
I fill up my pack. I get food. I have extra food in hand. I have sunglasses in hand. I go back to the aid station because I forgot something. I start out, right in front of Pam. Then I forgot something else so I go back again. But it’s ok, I can probably catch up to her. But then I stop and go back yet again. Why? I’m not sure. And then I realize that I don’t have my pack anymore. I don’t have my food. I don’t have a water bottle. And I can’t find them anywhere.
I ask everyone if they can find my stuff. No one can. I hunt around for many minutes. I’m pretty much in tears asking people to help me look.
I finally realize that I could try to run the next section with no water but that would end badly. Maybe I can get just a bottle from someone and figure it out from there. I ask my mom, who for some reason is now hanging out at the aid station, for a bottle. She can’t find anything useful. First gives me a cup with a straw and no lid. I indicate that running with such a thing would not really work. She finds some kind of bottle with a screw lid at both ends and that is determined to be acceptable.
Some time passes and I realize I have a bottle but I haven’t yet started running again, but yet now I am at a later aid station. I ask them about continuing and they say that the cutoff for the aid station where I lost my pack is now past and I never officially left that station. So I’m totally screwed. I don’t know how all that time passed and I didn’t keep running. I don’t know how I got to the middle aid station.
Dawn. I slowly wake up.