|Rock Racing's Chuck and Robin|
|Pre-race with the incredible Abby|
I was chauffeured by Mary Piper, with her daughter Abby, to Pere Marquette Lodge for packet pickup. I received my race number, #522, and then received a vest. I have so many t-shirts and was stoked to get a glow in the dark safety vest. That vest will keep me alive on the streets of MO. Thanks Team Godzilla .
|Can you see me now??|
I was able to visit with a few friends before the race. I visited with SuperKate a little too long and missed my wave. Oh well, I got in the first available, wave 24 of 25. Don't feel bad for me. Kate, I enjoyed our chat and don't blame you for anything. But, next time you want to run with me, just say so. I hoped I dressed properly for the 26 degree weather. If I didn't, I was going to pay for it, in one way or another.
|SuperKate always smiling ( Patrick Albert)|
|Some of the stairs ( Patrick Albert)|
I had my ankle wrapped and felt pretty confident that I would not re-injury it today. However, that did not stop me from compensating. I taxed the right side of my body heavily while dragging the left side through the trail. It was totally worth it. I can't come up with anything to compare this trail to, except when Jim and I bushwacked our way through Chubb during the '10 Castlewood 8 race. PM was as beautiful as it was ridiculously hard. What's funny is.... I like riding hills, running them, not so much.
|Says it all ( Patrick Albert photog)|
A funny thing happened at mile 5. The volunteers had a huge box of chocolate candy, M & M's and my kryptonite. I reached for the Reeses, popped it in my mouth, started to chew, it's semi-frozen. I had just passed the last water hand-up and wouldn't get this chocolate down without water. I bent over and spit it out, apparently a bit violently. The guy behind me thinks I am throwing up and wants to help.?. He grabs me around my middle, I freak, and he almost got punched. No worries though. He wont ever do that again, hee hee.
|FAF Laura and Abby with hardware|
|The amazing Emily|
|New category because of him. 80 and over|
|My hero, 71 and still going|
|Trying to breathe ( Mary Piper)|