Friday night I did a nice 50K that started at 10PM. It was in Warrenville, IL and on a nice flat groomed cinder trail which I really didn't need a flashlight. Part of the trail was dark and you can see from this picture a little spooky as you went under the road "underpasses", so it made for an interesting race. I'm happy that I stuck with it, especially just one week after posting 71 miles at NorthCoast. The run was by no means fast.
Had a pretty good time out in Cleveland this weekend. I only bagged 71.1 miles, but pretty happy considering my terrible training this year.
We had great conditions out there, and it was pretty social. I had fun talking with Ric Munoz and Nathan while out there. Also, got to see Connie Gardner almost break the American Record, with her performance of 144 miles!
I was really tired by the half way point and really wanted to pack it in, so I went into my car for some much needed warmth and sleep. I slept for about 2.5 hours then felt guilty, because at that time I had not even gotten to my real goal of 62 miles. So by 3:30 am I was back into the game walking slowly. By 7 am I had my groove and was back to running. The last hour I felt pretty good and broke through from 65 to 71 miles in the last hour.
The drive there and back was as tough as the race. I left work at about 5 pm and drove through the night arriving in the bad side of town by 3:00 am and then tried to find a place to sleep in the car without getting killed. I did end up at the park, which had parking restrictions, but I thought it was worth it. After the race I was dead tired, but knew I had to get home. I drove and slept taking almost 11 hours for what could be about a 6 hour trip. Made it home took some muscle relaxers, vicodine and four beers later I was out cold!! What an incredible weekend; not my best 24 Hour race, but I'm not ashamed of my performance. I can say that I didn't quit.
Have been taking the train to work most days and settling in to that being my normal way of life. I discovered there is a program that will help offset the cost, so that is a plus; I like money.
Had a very meaningful race that I ran for Team RWB today. The Fort 2 Base 10 Nautical Mile race 11.5 regular miles in 79:30, which was good for 19th place out of 413 and 8th place in my age group. I felt pretty good and will feel good to rest the rest of the week before NorthCoast next week.
I'll post my standings when the results come out. I felt like about 80th place and if I'm lucky I might have gotten a third in my age group since they pull overall and special category people out of the age groups and since they are 5 year age groups! I'll keep my fingers crossed; I like hardware (update; wrong way outside of the age group awards; even if I was 40 I wouldn't have placed; probably didn't help to have four beers the night before and stay up reading Michael Savage's Abuse of Power followed by an hour of Lost)!
They gave out fantistic finisher medals! I'll snag a picture shortly.