|Chaz yelled this once when I was running. Now, it's almost a greeting.|
|This says "Last one Fast one!" Chaz posing after 65 miles!|
|This race kept him up for a few nights prior.Probably not tonight!|
Then Saturday morning rolled around and I HAD to do my own run because it's Saturday morning and there is no other way to start the weekend! I did 8 miles at 7:38 pace. It didn't feel easy but I felt better after. Then I went home. Washed my clothes and tried to take a nap in preparation for pacing Charles at 4pm later on. But the quad shot latte at Panera post 8 miler left me twitching on the couch. Nap: FAIL.
So I got to the Umstead 100 start. I was pacing Charles starting at his mile 51. I figured he would be delirious and loopy. Instead he was delightful and very coherent. So we took off for our loop. After about a half mile he felt a hot spot on his foot that needed medical attention. So I ran back to the headquarters and alerted the doctor that he was on his was back. So they got stuff ready and fixed him up. We took off again. I think our lap went very well. He ate mostly GU, water, mountain dew and a piece of pizza.
|half way through our lap|
|before our lap. changing clothes.|
|The most photographed runner but heck who does 100 milers??!|
By then Chaz was done and was 1/4 mile down the bridal path. I chased him down and we were set to finish our lap. I ran ahead to the headquarters and let his team know his condition and what he needed. It was like a NASCAR pit stop. Medical people, crew, pacers and friends swarmed him:
Someone had said our lap took 2:40 plus pit stop time. That is amazing. I turned Charles over to the next pacer, Laura M. They were off with head lamps a blazin!! I was DEAD. I have never run for that long ever. It was a 21 mile day for me. Also my highest mileage day ever. I stumbled to my car and called Outback on speed dial for Chicken, a loaded baker and a salad. I could have stayed and had some really good food but I was dripping in gu, sweat and mountain dew and needed a shower and my bed.
That was an awesome experience. I highly recommend it. The race volunteers and staff were amazing. Rebecca rocked it out taking care of everyone like they were the only one. I got to see a lot of my long time running friends too.
|At the pasta dinner the night before|
Next time I'm running a half I probably won't be so quick to bitch at mile 10!I just got a text at 9:30am that Charles just completed the race under 28 hours! Amazing!!! Woohooo is an understatement!
I'm taking today OFF!! I hope he is too ; )