Here are some pictures of those 8 miles from Great Falls and back...As you can see, very little running was being done here...
At this point, I was wondering, can I actually make it back another 12 miles? The heat was in full effect as it was almost 11am...I hung out there for about ~4 minutes getting my pack filled with ice and water..then, I was off - Thank you Dora for giving me that goo pack and putting ice on my head...It saved my ass about 6 miles from there. At this point, I just focused on getting to the next aid station which was the Fraser AS, almost 7 miles away. It took FOREVER to get there and by this time, we were in full run/walk mode...the hills were so brutal and the heat so hot, I really questioned even being able to walk up the hill. Throw in the pain in my right knee which would surface if I would run more than 10-15 minutes at a time, it was a tough go. Just a quick note about the right knee, the tendonitis starting kicking in around mile 8 of the race so I almost felt I could run hard even if I wanted to...The uphills didn't really cause any pain, just the downhills. About 2 miles from Fraser AS, alot of runners had run out of water at this point. I would joke with the runners I was with and tell them, they moved this Aid Station further in. Another runner i had been running with actually broke both his big toes during a fall...how that happens, I still really didn't understand it as my brain was barely functioning at this point. It really did feel like it was longer than 7 miles to get there. The amount of bitching that that went on during this run was unreal, especially this one where the course was long and the heat and humidity were miserable. Me, being a middle of the pack runner can only speak from what its like to run my speed. I finally made it to Fraser AS and refilled up, had a brownie, which I ate, several cups of Gatorade, half of salted potato and I was off to the next AS which was 5k away. Meanwhile, people were getting checked out by the Vienna paramedics and some pulled out of the race. Some just walked in from the 5.7 mile mark...who knows how long it took them..Oh, just wanted to mention that at each AS, the volunteers were pouring cold water over everyone's head....that was an absolute godsend...By the time I got here, I only had to go 1.67 more miles and I knew I could crawl that far...By this time, the right knee was so sore, i could only run in spurts. Finally made it in with a time of 07:08:34 at 2:09:52PM...These were just absolute sick conditions...Here is a picture of me coming in and finishing:
Here are some pics of me after the race
All in all, it was a tough ass race and took everything I had to finish....the time sucked but in races sometimes you are racing to finish and that is what happened here. Now I have to rest that right knee and see how it rebounds next week when I test it very easy! My next race is the Vail mountain Climb on July 6th, 2013 which does a 7.5 mountain run from 8500 feet to 10,200..yikes. This is the first day of my vacation and looked like fun...Bring on the misery, yes, its an addiction.