33:36...That was my finishing time, for my 6th annual Ohlone 100 miler.
All the pictures were taken yesterday. I had some great friends out helping. Jerry, Mike, Julia,Linda, Mylinh and Joe. Thanks to all of you.
Linda ran with me the first 12 miles. Mylinh and Joe were out there running the 50k but we didn't really run together much. I left them after backpackers some where.
I was calm and relaxed most of the time. At times it felt effortless to be running so far. I planned for a sub 34 hour finish. But the whole time never knew really what pace I was running. I just knew I wanted to be to the start of the last 50k by 2:30am which I was. I left at 2:20am for my last 50k.
Julia was awesome through the night. I was on my own for the last 21. But I knew the Volunteers who were camping out since Saturday would be waiting for my return.
Jurek had pink lemonade at Maggie's for me at mile 40 and it was awesome. I knew I would have some again at mile 89.6 again.
I tried to call Andy at Rose peak my last time on the top. But he didn't Answer ;-(
I was having a down moment because my feet were hurting. I just sad up there cried and regrouped.
Got to Maggie's and changed socks.
Headed out and was on my way to the end.
My goal was to stay ahead of the lead runners and not let them pass until Shleplers rock. The 1st place guy caught me near Johnny's pond. No one else caught me until I was heading down Satan's pit. Which was fine. I had a blister explode in my shoe. It was painful. I popped two advil and limped down the trail.
In like 7 min, the pain went away and I was fine.
Two runners that were cheering on the racers decided to head back with me to the finish.
Holly and Gary were their names they were awesome just having someone to talk with those last few miles was great. They were awesome.
Jo Lynn was a mile up from the finish and ran in with me too. Thanks girl for being out there you lifted my spirits.
Thanks to all of you who text me through my run. It lifted me to the finish. Thanks ;-)
I do have some blisters and am soaking my feet and putting cream on them. I will just keep that up. They should be fine for SD 100 this weekend.
I did bang my foot on a rock 4 miles from the finish and it pull two toe nails up. Ouch I know.
I will tape my feet up good for SD this weekend and change socks 4 times so that should help get me to the finish.
The good news is my legs are not really sore. Usually they are trashed after the OWT 100 but not this year.