Ok . . . I failed again! But I felt better about it then I did at my first 100 mile attempt! My time sucked, but somehow I feel better about things!
- Chose the best race ever! I've run a ton of races . . . no other race even comes close to this one! They think of everything! Every single possible detail . . . it's perfect! And every volunteer must have to go through a week of training. Everyone single volunteer's focus is to 1) help you succeed and 2) to make YOUR experience the best possible one! As a runner you may THINK you've experience the best race possible . . . but until you've tried the Umstead 100, you'll never know how good it can really be!
- No real problems physically! Okay, I hurt all over! Every part of my body . . . except my right ear! But no problem was disabling. And mentally I kept my facilities the whole time. I saw so many folks totally 'out of it' . . . not me!
- Perfect weekend for a 100 mile run. Cool but not really cold . . . okay . . . maybe it got a little cold Sunday morning, but overall we could not have dreamed of better conditions.
- My training was obviously lacking.
- My mental focus sucked.
Running 100 miles is hard! It's one SUPER hard thing to do! My hat is off to everyone who has achieved this awesome milestone! Yesterday, I had three friend that got added to the list of successful finishers: 1) Sharon Scott, 2) Charles West, and 3) Daniel Lieb. Several others tried hard and almost made it . . . but not quite: Jim Wie, Amy Schimmel, Jeff Sackaroff, Lauren Wilkins. (Oh God . . . who am I forgetting . . . getting old is hell!!)
|Sharon . . . That;s how fast she was movin'!!|
|Sharon looking happy as always!!|
|I was at about 45 miles as Charles lapped me! Just before the Biker about took me out!|
Jim Wei, Amy Schimmel, Lauren Wilkins and Jeff Sackaroff all have the mental toughness it takes. They didn't fail because of their lack of focus. Each failed in their goal due to physical issues that became insurmountable obstacles. Each will ultimately do this. (I can't help but 'tear up' again when I think about each of these folks . . . and their toughness . . . and their ultimate disappointment at Umstead! They soooo inspire me!)
But Saturday and Sunday I sure had a ton of support!
|Will Jorgenson, Tammy and Rick Grey|
Jim Plant . . . who had a bad cold and had to stop. But Jimbo is one of the most inspiring folks I know. He's done a ton of 100s and he'll do many more. Just not Umstead in 2011! Sorry Jimbo! But your Awesomeness will show through in two weeks!!
My pacers: Eric Pate, Scott Wingfield . . . plus James Stephenson and Cam Kelly waiting to be called. Eric made me finish Lap 5. Scott drove to Raleigh and ran to meet Eric and I even though he knew my Lap 6 wasn't going to happen! James and Cam were both so hoping to be there and help me home. Thanks everyone!
MTC . . . tons of MTCer out there . . . running . . . and supporting. I'll miss many!! But Tom Herbst, Frank MacGuire, Fred Dumar, Susan Dumar (special 'atta' girl' to Susan!!!! Super supporter and volunteer!) and Marie Lewis come to mind. Add to that Ben Dillion . . . probably the one person most supportive of all! And the 'EVERYWHERE" volunteer all weekend long! MTC is the BEST!
Everyone person I talk to is amazed at even trying to run 100 miles. Some folks (especially runners) even think they may understand what it might take to actually run 100 miles (I'm one of those . . . but trust me . . . we don't!) Running 100 miles is no frickin' joke. You have to have a mental toughness only a few in this world actually have. The pain . . . the preparation and training, the boredom of the middle miles. . . the focus to push through the unbelievable pain to get to the finish! Everyone who has ever completed a 100 mile run totally deserves the admiration you've earned! I just so wish I had it in me.
And maybe I will. But most likely I won't. But that's okay. Maybe I'll develop the mental toughness it takes and the physical condition. Maybe not. But at least I've tried. I'll try again!