It was ugly, but I finished.
I was able to complete the Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run near Raleigh, North Carolina on April 5-6.
Race was eight (8) 12.5 mile laps. Rain on/off entire race. If you like being wet and cold, this was the event to be at...
Ran the first 50 miles in 10:30...held an average of 2:30 per lap first 3 laps, then fell off 4th lap, right foot was starting to blister. Was wearing Adrenaline ASR's - think the water, and the fact I wasn't wearing gaiters caused grit to get into my (Brooks) crew socks. Also switched from a Runderwear long sleeve top to another Brooks top and a Brooks outer shell...wanted to wear more of my Brooks ID running tops, but it was a climate thing all day.
Knew I had trouble. Thought about dropping at 50 miles. Runners could have pacers starting lap 5, so I suggested to Christie (my girlfriend) that we walk a lap and see how things unfold. At that point switched to Brooks Beast and ThorLo socks.
We walked - all night...did laps 5-7 together. Doing about 20 minute miles in the dark...about 15 hours to walk 40 miles...that took us to 6 am, 24 hours into the race.
I had six hours until cutoff (they allow 30 hours) and I was toast. Feet we trashed. Christie took me from the start to the first 1 mile out and back spur, which took me to sunup.
From there, I soldiered on myself to complete the final lap and finish the 100 miles in 27:44.
Those races are ($%$# tough. Think I'll go with the 50K and 50 milers from now on.
A photo is attached, which features me at the finish, with my well worn Brooks Beast in the forefront!