Saturday was probably by far the hardest thing I have ever done and all I kept thinking was I had three team mates and their parents who gave up a weekend to stand out in the mud and rain to volunteer at a crazy 13 hour race and who were also going to be waiting for me at the finishline.
When I fell during the race and my real ankle/foot was swelling up I thought to myself this is crazy I can't possibly make it 37 more miles and then I thought of how the junior team was ice climbing and they really thought they couldn't go any further....and despite the tears I made all of them take 5 more steps up the side of the ice. I then said to myself I have 2 choices.... lay down and give up and let it beat me or get up off my butt and push past it.... I wasn't going to give up!
Over the next hours and miles of that race the junior team really pulled me through and I just want to thank all of them for being there and for helping me accomplish something I thought might not be obtainable.
It was amazing having all of them were there at the finish line and it will be a race that will stand out in my memory I'm sure forever. Thanks guys for helping me suck it up and cross that finish line just in time!
Thursday May 7that 7pm Join me for a North Face Endurance Run panel discussion in Manhattan at the North Face store on Broadway at 73rd st.
Friday May 8th I will travel to Bear Mt. New York with 3 members of Junior Team A Step Ahead and their parents in preparation of completing the Bear Mt 5o mile trail run on Saturday.
Junior Team A Step Ahead athletes and parents...thank you for coming along and being apart of such a great race..thank you for not only coming out to support me at this race but for volunteering to work the race as well.
Saturday May 9th I will start my race at 5am saturday.....traversing a newly-designed, faster course for 2009, runners can expect technical terrain and rocky footing that cuts to the chase, with some trails heading steeply uphill rather than zig-zagging at a gentler grade. Descents end in wooded hollows before the next rapid climb ending with a breathtaking view. Make no mistake: this will be a tough test of off-road endurance.