Lone Ranger Race Report
This is going to be a long one so if you just want the short and sweet details here the are. I finished 7th for females, 25th overall, ran 84.5 miles in 17hrs officially, 92miles in a few more hrs unofficially, and, in my mind, had an awesome race.
On Saturday morning we got up in time to go down and enjoy the hotel breakfast and then head to the race course. Bethany and I tried with all our might to get the tent set up and did but never could figure out the top thingy that my sister sent with it. We met some awesome folks from a Delaware Trail Running group and got a few moments to relax. Of course thanks to Bethany Saros I had the song “Racing Day” from the Backyardigans stuck in my head. She is another member of our Running Moms Group and she had posted the song on my Face Book page and me being not the brightest bulb in the drawer actually played the song. It was playing on an endless loop in my head driving me to the brink of insanity. I was certain that this could only cause me to go totally bonkers during the first lap so I did what anyone would do and put on my iPod and blasted the Black Eyed Peas, lol. We headed over to the starting line around 9:55 and …
Lap 2: The first few laps all seem the same in my head. Nothing exciting happened. Came around the bend to finish the lap and saw the whole crew and they had signs and were cheering me on. It was awesome. I threw them the pack, ran to the restroom, grabbed my pack and a new iPod, and was out of there.
Lap 3: This lap is where things started to go south with my stomach. I made it through the lap with a few stops along the way. The girls had a great new system. Before I got to the chute one of them would take my pack and another would hand me an Ensure. Then I ran through the chute went to the restroom and met them at our tree (yes we now had our very own tree, ok it was just where we met up every lap but it seemed like our tree). Once I met back up with the crew at the tree I let them know something was wrong with my stomach.
Lap 4: OMG stomach issues! Those severe cramping issues you get--you know what I am talking about, right? It was hard to stand up straight, much less run. I just stopped as often as I needed to and drank as much as I could. This lap sucked. Got some medicine at the end and that seemed to fix things.
Lap 5: YAY. Hooray, hooray. Bethany ran with me. At the start of lap 4, she had run up alongside me and said that Thuy (a pacer from Philly) wasn’t going to make it for the 5th lap and was I ok running by myself? I said yes I would do it but dang I felt like crying. My stomach was killing me and I was sick, sick, sick, sick of listening to music. So needless to say when I came around and she was ready to run, I was over the moon. I handed off my pack and switched to a handheld waterbottle. I think we started off running, and then switched to a 4min/1min run/walk ratio. That seemed to work. About halfway through the lap I pointed to a lady and said, “You know who that is, that is Laura Yasso.” Next thing you know, Laura said hi to me. What?? Yes, to me, she said hi and that Thelma (from the first lap) and told her to talk with me. She ran with us for a few miles and they were absolutely amazing. She was the nicest lady.