I had a great time in my race. After I started it I connected with many like minded runners. By the time I decided to go home, 20% of the runners had already called it quits with a DNF. It’s ok though, we live and we learn. For a 100 mile effort, so many things have to line up to get it done. If it is not a good day, it just might not be the day for 100 miles.
My first 20 miles went very nicely and I hooked up with a lady named Elaine and her friend Jim. They were great to run with and were doing a pace that I thought was good for me. I stayed with them for around 30 miles or so. Got to know them and of course talked for ever. They really made my race much more fun. I lost them around 40 miles though and did my 40-60 mile loop totally solo. I ran alone the entire time which is not so bad. I am used to that. But the negative thinking crept its way in when my blisters started causing more pain. I am so proud of what I have accomplished in life and at this race. I did good.
The course was very well marked and very runable compared to the White River 50 Miler. There were some hills but they were not horrible by anymeans. Lots of mud there too. Mass amounts of roots which is one thing that I think made my blisters so bad. I never train on trails so my feet are not used to running so much on uneven surfaces. I would like to try for 100 miles again this year but in a timed event where I don’t have to run on the trails. I prefer pavement by far. Hope you liked my pics.