|I didn't run on National Running Day due to injury, |
but I re-posted this on FB and here as a substitute :)
This will be a little out of order for race reports, but I guess that is how it goes. So, I am taking the week off of running to rehab a flare of achilles tendonitis that has been angry for a few weeks but got really angry on the uneven trails of the Ice Age Trail during the fun run. I first spent all day volunteering primarily at the Scuppernog Aid Station, mile 31-ish to get my service requirement in for VT100 and to learn what I could. I ended up having a great time, but really did not drink or eat much all day, too busy!
|Ready for runners!|
|At the start in the pink, great shirt from the Delaware Marathon|
|7pm Fun Run wave begins|
For the fun run, due to a large amount of runners, we got a last minute email that instead of starting at 8p, they were going to release a wave of runners every 20 minutes starting at 6p, to avoid overwhelming the aid stations. It was a chip starting line, with timing mats at many of the aid stations. Things started out well and it was still light for the first 90 minutes until about 8:45p in the trees. Lights were needed where there was tree cover initially but not in the open areas due to the almost full moon. The night running took a bit of getting used to, as did interacting with the 100 milers who were getting pretty tired at this point, as well as the co-mingling with the relay runners. It made it hard to gauze your pace and to "run into" people that may be going the same pace as you to run with. It felt lonely but not scary knowing that there were people not too far ahead and behind you on the trails, even if you couldn't see them.
|Coming in to the 2nd aid station @ Bluff Road|
|Filling up and chatting with a |
mardi gras bead wearing volunteer
|Browsing the picnic, I mean aid station|
From the start my achilles hurt and my hip hurt, both that have been nagging issues for the last month or so, but don't stop my running per se. In combination of being up and running after my bedtime with the constant pain, I wanted to stop. I was worried about creating further damage in my achilles making it harder to rehab for upcoming races in the next few months. Besides, I have learned that my motivation to complete a race is a little lower in a state that I have already completed a marathon, as I work on completing my 50 states marathon circuit.
|Crew and volunteer cars at the bluff road aid station|
I emailed the RD for Vermont and dropped from the 100 miler to the 100k race the next day.