We got 'er did!!! 18 stops, 197 miles, 15 honey bucket stops(8 in the dark), less than an hour of sleep totals up to one crazy adventure. It was unlike any other race that I have performed in previously in that it is very team oriented (obviously). We were a 12 person team divided into two groups. Here I am with my team (van 1) at the start with Mount Hood right behind us. I ran 3 legs at 9:45pm, 4:30am, and 1:20pm respectively. They were very challenging as I treated each one as a race (not smart considering that I didn't train very well). I averaged 6:30 pace for the first 6 mile leg, 6:12 pace for the next 5.8 mile leg, and 7:00 for the last 6 mile leg (in case anyone really cares...I am putting it here so I don't forget.)
This was taken on my last leg at the top of a very steep 4 mile incline (luckily I had 2 miles of a steep downhill to the finish). My team was awesome! Aside from cheering me on with make shift finish lines like the one above, we would frequently stop to cheer each other on. We were named the "underpants gnomes" which apparently is from South park which I have never watched so I didn't really get it, but people who saw our name would laugh along the way. In fact someone evenly left a fresh pair of whitie tighties on our front windshield which he proudly taped to the back of our van. We finished 24th out of 292 teams in our division (it took us 24 hours and 41 minutes, which is about 7:30 pace).
Before I finish this little blog, I would like to thank my amazing wife for supporting me and motivating me to get out and train. What really made my day was when I got home after the race and saw she had bought me both Fruit Loops (an outlawed cereal in our home) and tillamook ice cream, two huge favorites of mine, to celebrate. Can it get any better than that? I submit to you that it cannot!
...Now its on to college football season!