and it wasn't pretty! I chose a route through the woods of Parsonsfield and Porter, ME and Effingham, NH that has similar terrain and similar topography as the Vermont 100. I as able to do 25 miles of hills and mud in the 5 hours, which is OK, but I m disturbed by how terrible I felt during the last hour of running. I felt like I normally would during hour 21 or 22 of a hundred miler!
Well, with all the walk breaks I had to take in that last hour, I had plenty of time to think. Here's what I came up with:
1. I am a positive and happy person, but I have to also be realistic.
2. I can finish the hundred miler, but it is going to be slow and difficult.
3. I must banish the phrases "sub twenty-four, belt buckle, and top ten" from my thoughts and vocabulary from now until after the race.
4. I will aim for a finish within the time cut off and be very happy to achieve that.
5. I am extremely lucky that I will be able to participate in this event at all, only 3 months and 5 days after a C-5 vertebral fracture.
Now I have to go to the race website and find out what the time cut off is. Let's hope it is a generous one!