At 4:45 I was up to get some food down:
After another eternity spent alone in the wilderness, I emerged back at aid 4/7 and was thankful for the response I got. "You look like you could do it again!" For once in my running career I believed a person cheering me on; I know I looked good.
I wasn't sure how much the extra 50 water crossings and extra 30 fallen trees (there were a few last year but this time it got ridiculous, good stuff) might have slowed me, but I figured the record was in the bag. If it wasn't I really didn't mind considering the insane conditions. I had given all there was to give today and had a great run in the mountains. With 6 miles left I was done.
Until I saw the finish line and heard everyone cheering. One final buzz and I was done. 9:52:xx is what I heard, within seconds of last years time. The conditions slowed me more than I thought, but the beautiful 1st place trophy I'd been waiting for since last year was mine.
I really love this race. Designed by the first Barkley Marathons finisher (the conclusive toughest race to finish anywhere), Frozen Head Ed, and put on by an amazing organization that's working to unplug kids and get them outside, it's a classic in my book. Camping out the night after, having a good glass of red wine with the RD while sitting around a bonfire with racers and volunteers swapping stories, and waking up to eggs in the morning. Can you believe the UROC entry fee alone was as much as this entire trip?! The only thing that didn't deliver, my only complaint, is that the aspens were almost all green. What are they thinking?! We started the race with ice!
A quick note about diet. Breakfast is above, that and water. I also took 6 (I think) SaltStick electrolyte pills, three (maybe only 2)100mg caffeine pills, and a 200mg one during the race. Diner the night before was a rare burger with some sweet potato fries as stated above, but I also had some cashews (25 ish grams of carb) earlier during the drive in, and had more (50 grams of carb worth probly) later before bed. That carb up is what had me foggy for the first bit and is not something I ever do during training, just a little boost for race day. It obviously worked.
|I actually kicked it in hard for fun so they didn't catch me the first time, but I was a gentleman and ran through again at the RD's request. Hah!|
Another beautiful day in the books.