|One of the many water crossings|
A week before the race I'm checking the weather report. Calling for rain all week and good cool temps the day of the race however I knew if we got a ton of rain the course probably not be in that good of shape because of flooding. I remember seeing videos of the Huff 50k from 2011. I know what could happen there. Well they got the rain but I was still hoping for the best. As I'm arriving at Chain O'Lakes for packet pickup on Friday I see flooding everywhere although I'm still hoping it might dry out in time. LOL. What was I thinking.
|Ready to start|
|Adella all smiles ready to run with me.|
I would be doing 6 loops at 16.67 miles each. My plan was to run the first 2 loops in 7 hours 30 minutes, and the last 4 loops in 20 hours, giving me a final time of 27 hours and 30 minutes. Doing it that way still gave me 2 1/2 hours in the bank in order to finish within the allowed 30 hours.
I started off and about 2 miles in we came to our first water crossing. It was cold!! Knee high. I felt pretty good on the loop though. There were aid stations at about mile 4, 8.8, 14 and finish. I had one 20
|One of the water crossings|
|Another water crossing|
3rd loop the mud and water continued to be a factor which was definitely taking its toll on me having to trudge through all of that but I wasn't letting it bring me down. It was cold too. Temps in the 30's with
lower 20's expected throughout the night. I knew I needed to make up more time in order to have a shot at this because who knew what the night running would bring. I thought wow, if I finish 100 miles in this crap I can finish 100 miles in anything. Let's keep moving. Melissa was still there checking on me at every aid station. I continued to fill my bottle with Gatorade and eat nutrigrain bars, snickers, and PB & J. Goal time for this lap was 5 hours and I finished it in 4 hours and 31 minutes. I was now ahead of schedule by 54 minutes. Goal for 3 laps was 12 hours and 30 minutes and I was currently at 11 hours 37 minutes. That meant I had 18 hours and 23 minutes to finish the race in under the 30 hour time limit. I heard they had extended the cut off to 31 hours because of the course conditions but I didn't want an extension. I had signed up for the 30 hour cutoff and I wanted to finish within the 30 hours regardless of how hard the course was.
|Adella and I getting ready for lap 5.|
on all the caffeine now and I couldn't stop talking. Before you knew it we had finished the 5th loop. Adella and I finished that 5th loop in 6 hours and 22
|Melissa and I ready for the final lap #6|
Melissa was waiting with her headlamp on and ready to go. One more lap. I've got about 6 hours and 45 minutes left to finish within the 30 hour time limit. I knew she was tired having been up for a majority of the day as well but there she was with her awesome smile telling me lets go and giving me a swift kick in the butt!! I fueled up on more coffee and ramen noodles and off we went. My heart was still telling me I could do this but my legs didn't have much left in them. We get to mile 88 and there is an aid station. The sun is starting to rise so at the next aid station we will be able to ditch the headlamps. The mud bogs were now frozen from the extreme cold overnight which made it a little easier to navigate through but was hard on the ankles. The water had come down considerably. There was only one section on the last loop where I got my feet wet. The aid station at mile 91 had egg and bacon English muffins and it hit the spot. My
|Near the end. I don't stop when I'm tired. I stop when I'm done.|
|Melissa and I at the end proudly showing off my 100 mile finisher belt buckle|
|Me and race director Mike Pfefferkorn|
Lastly I would like to thank all my family and friends for supporting me every step of the way. Everyone that ever ran with me during training. No matter how crazy you all though I was you were always there for me to help me see it through. The soul sisters who made these awesome signs of motivation for me throughout the course. My awesome friend Adella who kept me going and would never let me give up and my awesome wife Melissa. For sticking by me throughout it all. For allowing me to train for hours on end and being there with me every step of the way. I couldn't have done it without you babe. Love you!!
Question is, will you ever do another 100 mile ultra again and the answer is YES!! I loved it!!
On a dry course I really feel I could do that in 24 hours. Guess we'll have to wait till next year to find out! :-)
My starting weight before this event was 184.2 lbs and my ending weight was 182.8 lbs. The day after the run I still went out and ran 1 mile to keep my running streak of 516 days alive!! By about 1/2 mile in my legs started to loosen up and felt pretty good at the end. Today I felt much better and was walking pretty normal. Still had some pain in the back of both calves but nothing unbearable and yes, I ran another mile tonight and felt really good at the end. Less than 2 weeks till Indy Mini then doing my first team Duathlon with Christina. Planning on 3 more ultra's this year. It's gonna be a busy year!
|Apparently I'm even too awesome for my running application.|