Perfect morning for an early 4 am start to the Burning River 100 in Ohio.
I went out in the lead, taking advantage of the first 18 Miles of pavement and bridle path. At that point, the course transitioned to varied terrain, with increasingly more rolling trails and single track. Nevertheless, I managed to hold the lead through Mile 72, but, at this point, I was having difficulty holding down fluids, and my day got a lot tougher.
Around Mile 96, quads shot from the steep descents into several creek beds, and completely dehydrated, I was limited to slow walking over most of the last 6 Miles. I hung in for 7th place and was pleased to squeak out sub-19 hours.
You always learn a lot about yourself from running hundred milers, and today was no different.
Diana, my amazing crew chief, was there for me throughout the day. And it was another good adventure we got to experience together.