|Ho Ho Ho|
It was fun to start a race at night instead of way too early like a lot of races. The only problem was starting at night meant that we were going to have to be awake longer than if we just woke up and went straight to the race. I tried to sleep in but failed miserably.
I went out fast, stupid fast, but wanted to have some fun in my Shanta suit before it got too hot. I ran the first lap in 7:30, then took the suit off and slowed down to a slightly less stupid 8:00-8:30 pace. The only person that stayed with me in the early miles was Chuck Shultz, good friend and fellow finisher in our 410 mile length of Illinois run.
It was a festive atmosphere with a couple hundred people on a one mile loop, we were all constantly passing each other. I thought it might be getting hot once the sun came up, so I wanted to get as many miles in as possible while I could. By the 12hr mark at 10:00am I had around 75 miles in and was in the lead. I felt comfortable about my lead, the only person I was worried about was Heather Zeigler, who was still in striking distance.
It was also getting hot. The week before had been cool, but it looked like we were going to have a cloudless day in the 80's and we were running on a blacktop surface.
|Ah! It burnnns!!|
|Mmmm, Ensure and Jim Beam.|
|401, 402, 40- Shit! Where was I? 1, 2, 3...|
I thought people might catch me but if anything I was getting farther ahead. Around 18 hours in I was miserable and far enough ahead that I decided walking might be more fun. It was! Mostly because Loli had risen from the dead and decided she wanted to keep going to see if she could get 100k. 100k! 2.5 times as far as she had ever been in non-ideal conditions.
At the 23 hour mark I had had enough and called it a race at 110 miles. First place! And one of the most interesting awards I have ever received:
|Yes, that a three foot tall nutcracker.|
Thank you everyone! It was a good time and well organized, I probably will be back next year. Also thank you Hersh and Nate for the pics and the memories. See you at the races!