Many people takes the ground they run on for granted. I, on the other hand, very much appreciate the ground. So much so that my body feels the overwhelming desire to pick random spots to give the ground an all embracing hug and as an added bonus my body usually includes a face plant along with the hug.
It was raining but decently warm when the LovIt 100k started at 6am Saturday morning. I had my Altra Superiors on and my Hammer Perpetuem Solids in my water bottle pouch, I was ready to rock. There were 5 of us running in the lead pack for the first 4 miles. Around mile 4.5 we hit the actual trail and we all started splitting up. Shortly after mile 5 my body decided the ground looked lonely and needed a face planting hug. My ankle proceeded popped and I crumbled to the ground breaking my Garmin as I fell. The next 5 minutes were spent hobbling along until I started to be able to somewhat run again. The ankle was very sore but tolerable.
Around mile 14 very heavy rain and sleet began falling accompanied by fierce winds, naturally I was in the absolute best place on course, the highest most exposed ridge on course. Enduring this awesome weather for 9 miles I was beyond excited to see the next crew station. I heard everyone cheering as I rounded the corner to the 3’ deep 3’ wide water crossing. All I could think of was getting some warm soup and a dry shirt. My body once again sensed the ground was very sad and wanted to give it a hug. The cheers quickly turned to a gasping of all the entire aid station volunteers and my crew. My thoughts quickly shifted, from hot soup, to I’m about to go swimming, quickly followed by if someone is videoing this I’m going to be a viral YouTube sensation. As it turns out, I had no such luck in getting my YouTube 15 minutes of fame. Upon assessing the ankle, I decided although it hurt incredibly bad it didn’t seem broken so the race must go on. I quickly changed to my Altra Lone Peaks, to offer my foot more support, changed to a dry shirt and headed out. At this point the rain had let up to a light drizzle accompanied by a cold wind.
Fortunately, at this point my body decided the ground had received enough hugs and that if could stay upright the remainder of the race. The going got a lot slower the last half of the race as the left ankle became more painful and a sharp pain started forming in the right ankle, most likely due to compensating for the left ankle. When I hit the road, which marks the first and last mile of the race, and saw that a sub 13 hour finish was possible and somehow rallied the energy to push hard the last mile and crossed the finish line in 12:59:27.
Through out my racing career I have been fortunate to have great weather at all my races so I was due for a bad weather race. Disregarding the weather the LovIt race was great. It was very well organized, has the best real time tracking I have ever seen and has wonderful, friendly volunteers. I absolutely loved the feel of my Altra Superiors Altra Lone peaks, they handled the less than ideal footing better than any other shoe I have ran in. During the race at every crew spot I would
drink a mix of Perpetuem and Heed. During the first half I would also eat half a cup of soup to try to warm up and after nearly breaking my ankle and enduring the heavy rain I need some comfort food, so I ate my favorite Oreos. While running I fueled with Hammer Perpertuem Solids and Hammer Gel. Immediately following the race I drank my Hammer Recoverite and started taking Hammer Tissue Rejuvenator. Three days post race I am happy that while still deeply bruised 75% of the swelling is out of my ankle, thanks to Hammer Tissue Rejuvenator, ice and consistent wrapping.
I want to give a huge THANK YOU to my awesome crew, Jim and Pam Messenger, having great friends helping you makes a good race a great race.