I'm a web developer/sysadmin/host (NERD TRIPLE THREAT!) and this is my attempt to write about...leaving the house. Sometimes. Like, to go backpacking. And take some pictures. And justify spending the money on all the gear WHY SO MUCH?!?
Feel free to write and complain.
hell hath no hurry, indeed
this is the first race that i didn't start out too fast (lining up in the very back and being a mostly single-track path really helps with that). i was already sweating just standing around, so actually getting moving felt pretty good. not a lot of mud, either (boo) and no bugs at all (yay).
i paid attention to heart rate the whole way, but didn't really do anything about it, since there were enough climbs to walk and slow down that i could keep running when i wanted to.
this sign greeted us at the halfway aid station, where i learned that 1) ginger ale and gatorade is GREAT like a virgin jon daly and b) you cannot physically eat a pretzel rod while running (you can, however, enjoy it after it's been in your sweaty pocket for over an hour).
since this was my first longer race, i wound up tucking in behind some runners who i thought i could keep up with and were doing a consistent pace (thanks, ladies!). i felt really pretty great at the finish, which leads me to believe that i could go harder next time now that i have a feel for what it's like in the heat and humidity. GUNNING FOR YOU, WHOEVER WAS IN 99th PLACE
i will definitely be doing this race again next year -- maybe the 30k version who knows especially if they rename it Hell the Wheels Hath Come Off -- and everyone was great even though i am an introverted dork.
A++ will suffer again. highly recommended.