|I was so organized and|
prepared for anything!
|Long Haul course map|
Just under 6 months of training with a hefty goal of running 100 miles in under 24 hours. I trained hard and focused a lot on my nutrition. I was diligent with speed work (which I hate), lost 10 pounds in the midst of the holiday season, and had an amazing solid game plan with a prepared crew and pacer. I did everything I needed to set myself up for achieving my sub 24 hour 100 mile ultra marathon... I wasn't real nervous, mostly anxious and excited. I was feeling pretty confident that my goal was attainable... then I saw the temperature was going to be lows in the 30s. Here in Florida we just don't see those temps often. I bought several new warm running clothes, hand warmers, beanies, gloves ect to prepare for this race. Ok, even with the super cold temps coming, I think I'm still ready. I had a game plan.
|All of us at the Start line, Jason & I were the runners, |
everyone else was part of our amazing crew/pacer team!
|Mom and I at the beginning... and so it begins!|
|My friend Terry was so awesome, I never knew|
what to expect as we passed through our tent!
|They did such an awesome job setting up our area. We|
ended up having the "best tent" out there!
|Our wonderful crew having some fun, eating, |
and trying to stay warm!
|The best aid station on course. Andy Barrett runs this|
station and they have everything you could ever want.
He even joined me for a few miles encouraging me.
|As the sun went down, it started getting REALLY cold.|
|Trying to warm up, and cheering for Jason as he passed through.|
I tried to drop to the 100k, but this race does not allow drops. I chose the DNF at 62.02 miles. My crew, family and friends told me afterword they all agreed I made the right decision. I was not in good enough health to continue my journey and risked the flu turning into something much worse. I didn't take a single picture during the race. I was so focused on not throwing up I never even grabbed my phone. 6 months of training, restricted calories, tons of logistics to plan and an amazing crew assembled... then the flu. I guess I will get well, continue training and kick butt at another race soon.
I will achieve that sub 24 hour finish!!!
|My crew hung disco-balls... see my last 100 mile race blog to|
read about the back story there... but this was awesome.
|This was the only picture I actually took the|
entire race. I felt like it was my "walk of shame".
This was leading back to the start/finish as I was
quitting the race. My final stretch. :(