Chris, Jeanna, Irene and I went to Bryce Canyon National Park (in Southwest Utah) for a weekend filled with hiking and running. Irene and I signed up to run the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon on Saturday morning. We had a great weekend filled with unexpected adventures and lots of HOT weather.
We got to our campsite around 7:00. I’ve never camped in the desert before- it was a unique experience. No dirt, really dry trees and not many of them, lots of bushes and it was sunny without any breeze.. Very different from camping in Minnesota!
I woke up on race day around 4:00am to catch the 4:30 shuttle bus for a 6:00am race start. I woke up feeling HORRIBLE. I ran to the bathroom and lost my chipolte alfredo pasta in a not so solid form in the bathroom. I felt a little better and then puked out the rest of that pasta in a bush before leaving for the race. After this was all over, I felt good! I decided to catch the race shuttle with Irene. I got on the shuttle and decided to have some breakfast because I felt so good. Turns out, I threw that up within 10 minutes of eating it.
I went to the first aid tent, told them my situation and asked for advice. They said to take it easy and go rest. I took smaller sips of water and took it in slowly, but again! I threw up. I just couldn’t keep anything in! We went back to the campsite, I attempted to rest, but it was just so hot- it was around 100 degrees. I started to come around as we headed to Bryce National Park to cool off (it’s at a higher elevation and not as hot). But then again… I puked for the 5th time.
This was getting serious. I’d run 13.1 miles on little or no fluids or energy in my system. I couldn’t keep anything in my stomach- not even water. I was more than an hour from a hospital and could not cool off. I’m usually not one to go to the doctor, but I got a little nervous of my situation and suggested we go to the Garfield County IHC Hospital- a tiny little hosptial in Panguitch.
I got a lecture from the doctor on not doing physical activity without food or water in your system. It wasn’t a smart move by me at all! I’m an idiot! After a few hours I started to feel better and was able to drink some water.. finally!
We picked up some soup and took the rest of the afternoon easy. I had soup and crackers for dinner. Try eating soup in the desert sometime, it’s not that refreshing! I imagine it’d be like drinking iced tea during a snowstorm. Eww.
Bryce is known for Hoodos. They are the totem-pole shaped pillars (see middle rock formation in this photo). They are made by the freezing/thawing process in the spring/fall and the erosion that occurs.