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I savaged my feet at the Umstead 100 mile

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!


  1. Tom, Great site. You've been trashing your feet for some time now. You are a lucky guy. I love the spine Xray. You know my philsophy, if it hurts run on it for six months. If it still hurts run on it for another six months. If it still hurts try another six months. If you can run on it for a year and a half don't worry about it. I'm about two years into my back pain so I quit worrying about it. I've decided to run every day of this my 30th year of long distance running. Jan 15th is the anniversary. I'm in triple digits. I've had some tough days but no misses. Back is killing me but in a whole new way. I simply enjoy running with pain rather than not running. I read at the Fields Museum in Chicago a few weeks ago that we've been hunter-gatherers for 95% of our existence. They have it wrong. We are still physiologically hunter-gatherers, we just don't get our food that way. Remember the night runs at Mohican. Running in the dark in a pack. If that isn't a hunter gatherer primal thrill I don't know what it is. Still gives me chills. So, what's a blog. Can I keep blabbering? Just kidding. So great to see you Tom. I'll blog to you later.


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