I felt great, except for the foot thing. I had to hang there for a while before my ride left. I cheered on the other runners while I drank some beers. First beer in a while. It was great hanging out with Ian and greeting Hal at the finish.
The next day, presumably from limping for 40 miles, I had a big black and blue bruise indicating a bad strain of my right calf. This was from favoring that bad left foot. I had a lot of pain in my right hip/groin too. I came into the race fantastically fit, but my tissues were obviously still recovering from the strain of the Bear, less than 1 month earlier. The effort felt easier than any ultra I had ever done. I had an unfulfilled season and I was trying to get one more good one before the fall fitness wore off and the snow fell. I will learn from this and move on without regrets. I had a nice time down there. Running with Hal K, Joe G and Ian was fantastic. We kept a good conversation going for the first 30 miles. They gave me a drop-down finish of the 100k- 8hrs 53 mins. I'm not a fan of consolation prizes, so I didn't take a buckle. I quit the race, plain and simple.
Now, I am taking a full month off of running. I am almost 2 weeks into it and my feet, calf and hip still hurt. I had a weird year- some success and several near misses. My energy has never been higher as I make out 2014's race calendar. I am actually looking forward to the torturous grind of training season. I have some really big plans...
|Early in the race- Hal, me, Joe G, Ian (Coury Photo)|
|Leading after 2 laps. It was getting really hot. (Coury Photos|
|The Rhodes kids were a fantastic crew.|
Arizona Hot Springs, near Hoover Dam. Brandi and I stopped here for a quick run a few days before the race. A great wash leads down to the Colorado River. From here you climb up a very narrow slot canyon and climb up a ladder to the very hot pools.