"There was a lot of suffering."
The part he left out was how much of a trooper he was. He had a really good first half, which was probably his downfall since I think he went out too fast. But at mile 25 he wanted to drop. I had a chance to walk with him for about 1/2 mile. I didn't want to convince him to go on if he really didn't feel like he could. But we did talk about how sometimes it gets better and that when the day was done, he might regret it if he didn't finish. I still thought he was going to drop. But when we got to where I had parked the car, he took a Powerbar and decided to keep going and did finish. I'm so proud of him since I know how difficult it is to keep moving when you want to stop. I think he fueled and hydrated well, but just put too much into that first half.
Marc and Olga on the "grunt hill"
I didn't put this one on my race calendar because I thought I wouldn't be able to handle a 60K+ and still run Eugene in 2 weeks. And I really didn't think I could bear to run the 30K, knowing that a 60k was in progress. But now I'm certain I could have done it and Eugene too. I'm hoping to have it on my schedule next year.
Tom R. had a strong race
It was fun seeing familiar faces. I'm starting to recognize people, but still don't know all the names. I did notice a lot of awesome women, who made it look easy. Its great to have such awesome role models and gives me much to aspire to.