Let me tell you a little story about my friend, Sara. During her 27 years, she has traveled the world, learned multiple languages, loves quinoa and has a mean garden at her home in Oregon. I've never known her to back down from any challenge or adventure. This past weekend, she ran her first 100 mile ultra marathon (101 miles but who's counting), the Mountain Lakes 100. The run took her 23 hours and 7 minutes, stopping only to replenish supplies and check-in at aid stations. Sara was one of 148 amazing athletes who started this grueling race and one of 95 who finished (first in her age group.) This race pushes you to the limit physically and crushes you mentally. For Sara, the breakdown came around mile 85 where her IT Bands, already killing her since mile 20, made each step excruciating and the fatigue caused her to mildly hallucinate. With the support of her mom running beside her for the final 29 miles, Sara found the strength to power through to the finish. Her performance was nothing less than inspirational and down right impressive. Between cheering her on and cooking for her along the route, I took some pictures. Check out her journey.