Here is a picture of the night training run, I believe the highest attendance of any training run:
With Kimberly and Andy at the start:
Radames Colon and family at the start:
Race director, Joe Jurczyk, with a few seconds to the start:
A young girl was running with us, total rookie, no bottle, no run over 40 miles. I wondered if she would make it to the finish, running too fast early on. (I now see from the results that she dropped at mile 93).
Bill and Liz are helping me refresh and refuel:
Pine Hollow (71.1) ___________________________
Little Meadow (74.5) - Covered Bridge (80.1) ___________________________
O’Neil Woods (88.6) ___________________________
At Merriman road, change of socks and putting on compression sleeves. My son is helping me, and Jason is watching.
Finish (100.9) ___________________________
I was hoping to run even splits (like I have been doing in other races) but it did not work out. I was good for about 65 miles, and that's it. I need a couple of 100 milers first, before I can run strong the entire 100 miles. My model runners right now are Charles Twigg (he was behind me for most of the race, passed me at mile 85 and finished at 19:45) and Star Blackford (she passed me at mile 69 and finished at 19:39). These are runners with strong "2nd half" in 100 mile races. That's what I want to do one day.
A big thank you to the local running community for making this race a reality! I am not sure if I will run again next year (it takes a while to erase the bad memories :), plus I have my mind set into running Mohican instead) but I will be back, I promise! :)