|#teamdedic back together stateside! (and sportin the buff)|
|double Bob back in action after a couple months off|
We got the tent set up and just waited around for a bit. Once runners started showing up to pick up their bibs, a number of them came over to talk to us about Altras. We had a supply of the Olympus, one of their trail shoes, for people to try on and they could run in if they wanted to. Surprisingly, for such a small event, we had about 6 people who wanted to wear them for their race. And every single one came back afterwards saying how much they loved the shoe. There were also plenty of other people that were not comfortable running in a new shoe for their race but tried them on and asked lots of questions about Altras. It was fun! I almost forgot we were running a race.
|I think our booth was pretty awesome|
|I think that tent would look great in our backyard ;-)|
|I was looking forward to a race after the Sljeme mishap...|
Let's just say Lap 3, SUCKED! A few minutes in, my stomach started cramping. I had to go even slower than lap 2. I was even walking some flats now in addition to downhills. UGH. it was so frustrating because my legs were feeling good, I wanted to go faster but my stomach hurt so bad. Nothing I did made it better. I was battling myself in my head but made the decision that I should just be done after lap 3. It was so hard for me. I never like stopping before I'm done my mileage or before time is up but I just couldn't do it. After I finished lap 3 and sat down. I felt awful, like such a loser for stopping already. I had only run for 3:30, I could have gotten a bunch more than the 17 miles I got in. Even now I'm still upset I didn't do more even though I know I really couldn't, my body just wouldn't let me.
|not the day I hoped for, but still had fun overall. (more buff action!)|
Emir had a great day! He finished 5 laps and got 2nd in his age group. He was definitely feeling good and it was good confidence with only 2 weeks until his first 100 miler.
The race itself was extremely well organized! Everything was in order, the trail was VERY well marked and all the race volunteers were super friendly and happy to be there. The trail itself is beautiful and great for running loops. It was really a very nice event, we would definitely do it again.
Now it's time to gear up for Emir's Eastern States 100 miler! Even though this is his race, it's still a huge event for me. This is the first time either one of us is running further than 100K. And this is the first time I will be crewing/pacing for him. I've come to watch him at the HAT 50K a couple times but that's completely different than what this will be. Lucky for us, our friend MO will be helping me crew, thank goodness!! Eastern States is an extremely difficult race which almost always carries over into being difficult logistically to access aid stations etc. There are only some aid stations that crew may access in addition to only a few where you can pick up a pacer. Having a second person on the crew is really going to help with all these logistics and getting to the various places we need to be. It's going to be a long day and half of waiting etc plus I'm planning on pacing him the last 22 miles. I may end up more tired than him! haha As nervous as I am for all of this, I can't wait. He's been working so hard and I know he will be great. Stay tuned!!!