So... the race happened... final result... 22:43 and change, depending on what you look at... 29th overall.
In a nutshell...
I trained my butt off this year.
I ran my heart out in the race.
It is still hurting.
Being here - post 100 mile run - before I know it's going to take patience and time to bounce back. I just need to ride it out.
I am reticent to write a full blown race report on this one... Mostly because I don't know what to say but also because I don't feel like documenting a mile-by-mile regurgitation of the thing.
Also, for me, the race this year was personal. The work that went into it and the race itself was for a lot of personal reasons which I feel that I want to solely hold and know for myself. But if you are interested of what sort of motivated me, you can read about it here.
I will share the one thing that I learned in this race and the lesson is this... They always say that you never know who is going to show up for a race... I think most of the time we think of that in terms of other competitors who may or may not toe the starting line... but what I learned this weekend was that you also never know who is going to show up and that includes which version of yourself.
Great job, Andy!ReplyDelete
I'm so happy that we ran into each other at the pre-race meeting and got a chance to talk.
Despite running 4 hours slower than my PR, I felt I had a surprisingly good race. I didn't know what to expect coming from sea level and being so ridiculously undertrained. (I had only run 20 miles twice prior to the race this year-- hahaha!) The first 60 miles went amazingly well for me, but then my lack of fitness caught up with me and I basically walked it in.
I'm off to pace a friend at the Bear 100 in a couple of weeks, and then my '16 ultra running season will come to a close. Time to start dreaming about '17...
Again, awesome job!
Thanks Andy! It was a tough day out there for certain! It was so nice to catch up with you last Friday. I really appreciate your thoughts and insights about living in different areas. It really helped... I might be circling back to you to discuss that further! :) Hope your recovery is going well! :)ReplyDelete