I would like to thank all of the TrailHead Family for there unwavering support. All of the advice paid off. The attention to details is what makes a great race. Special props to E.T. and Gyro for strengthening the rest of my body to handle the stress, this truly made the event controllable.
|Elevation profile by Wisp (Rachael Bell Kelly)|
|A well matched group of TrailHeads|
Continued pacing well finishing to AS 22 holding a 11:45 ish pace over all. This was a 7 mile section with a lot of runnable fire road. Left AS 22 for another 7 mile AS gap. Stood in a river for about a minute. The swelling in my feet lessened. What a relief. Dropped my bandana on a short technical section of trail, Sad. Began to hear claps of thunder from the Damascus side of the ridge.
Made it to AS 29 5:51. Popsicle and some candy. The next 3 miles where up a muddy ascent to AS 32. I gave myself a goal of 1 hr, walked the entire section. I found a bandana and used it to dip in the multiple creek crossings to cool down. The mud was more than ankle deep for a good 1.5 miles along the creek bank. I was with 3 other runners on this climb. We enjoyed the cool breeze coming down the ridge line from the rain on the other side of the mountain. The temp must have dropped 10 drg. Made AS32 in 51mins.
elevation on the course. Took my left shoe off looking for a rock, toenail hanging on just flopping around. my hip cramped up while attempting to put my shoe on. it took a long time to put the shoe on. UGH. Caught up to a runner, Lisa, who I followed down a technical descent in the pouring rain. We were both glad to have company as it took your mind off pain.
I had a goal to reach AS 37 felling good. I did that. I had done that well. A runner came in with my bandana on his pack, sweet. Changed shoes, removed toenail threw over shoulder, Hoppa!, reloaded pack from drop bag and off to finish.
Baby food squeeze packs keep you going. Run anytime you can, run anytime you can, run anytime you can. Guess what I did.
The ridge line was a stirred up mess from all the racers and rain. Mud was flying as I made forward progress. I made AS 43 1n 9:43, a full half hour before the cutt-off. The staff asked if I had thrown up yet. No. Well you wouldn't be the first so don't fell bad if you do. Okay. Filled bladder with Gatorade, grabbed bananas, watermelon. Left Lisa's handheld she had dropped.
Every step since mile 33 has been a personal best. every second beyond 6:38 hrs is new territory. This is the point of the event where all of the collected knowledge I am surrounded by gives you piece of mind. I could hear every TrailHead in those woods, encouraging me. As I stared the final 2 mile highly technical decent, "Focus...Focus...Focus" was my mantra. Knowing the finish was at the bottom I only needed to focus here and right now. Pavement.
Waiting to cross a road for traffic at 49.6 miles felt silly.
|Only time I 'hit' the ground (photo Anthony Corriveau)|
Stayed up with sweat-chills all night. Lost just over 4 lbs.
Run Smooth, Galoot