I Can Do Hard Things Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://Toby.fastrunningblog.com/ Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:58:14 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Thu, Apr 19, 2018 http://Toby.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-19-2018.html <p>&nbsp;2 miles on home TM (I finished lifting and still had time left. &nbsp;Can&rsquo;t waste time!!!) &nbsp;TT:20:00</p> <p>6 miles outside: &nbsp;TT: &nbsp;58:50 AP 9:48 &nbsp;I still feel very heavy. &nbsp;Hip flexor and hamstring still ache. &nbsp;Long foam roll session.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>3x</p> <p>Lunge matrix</p> <p>Squat</p> <p>60/60/60 plank</p> <p>Calf raises</p> <p>Hammie roll out</p> <p>LLL</p> <p>Push up</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Apr 18, 2018 http://Toby.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-18-2018.html <p>2x</p> <p>Bohemian lunge</p> <p>Plank</p> <p>Fire hydrant hold</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Yoga</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Apr 17, 2018 http://Toby.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-17-2018.html <p>TT: &nbsp;1:16:50 AP: &nbsp;9:36&nbsp;</p> <p>On the home TM because there was a blizzard outside.</p> <p>Stretch and foam roll</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Apr 16, 2018 http://Toby.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-16-2018.html <p>TT: &nbsp;56:20. AP: &nbsp;9:23</p> <p>2 mile warm up</p> <p>4x5 minute hard (2 minute recovery)</p> <p>Cool down till 6 miles</p> <p>2x</p> <p>Bohemian Lunge</p> <p>Donkey kick holds</p> <p>LLL</p> <p>Push up</p> <p>Adductor pulses with basketball&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Apr 13, 2018 http://Toby.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-13-2018.html <p>TT: &nbsp;47:29&nbsp;AP: 9:30</p> <p>2 mile warm up</p> <p>3x5 minute fast (2 minute recovery)</p> <p>Cool down to 5 miles</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I am slow. &nbsp;This is going to take some time to find my speed again.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Apr 12, 2018 http://Toby.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-12-2018.html <p>Yoga</p> Thu, 12 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Apr 11, 2018 http://Toby.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-11-2018.html <p>Run/hike to the Spanish Fork hot springs. &nbsp;Super pretty scenery. &nbsp;Super weird people up there. &nbsp;TT: &nbsp;1:15:09 &nbsp;AP: &nbsp;16:09 Elevation &nbsp;1181 ft</p> <p>3x</p> <p>TRX lunge</p> <p>TRX deadlift</p> <p>TRX row to bridge</p> <p>TRX C&#39;s</p> <p>TRX row</p> <p>Bohemian lunge</p> <p>calf raises</p> <p>Plank on ball</p> <p>Push up</p> <p>Tennis shoe hammie</p> <p>Overhead press</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Apr 10, 2018 http://Toby.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-10-2018.html <p>3x</p> <p>trx crunch</p> <p>trx side plank up/downs</p> <p>trx row</p> <p>LLL</p> <p>Up/downs on Bosu</p> <p>Hammie roll out</p> <p>Bohemian lunge</p> <p>Paper plates</p> <p>Butterfly</p> <p>Row</p> <p>Skull crusher</p> <p>Bicep curl</p> Tue, 10 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Apr 09, 2018 http://Toby.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-09-2018.html <p>TT: &nbsp;48:05 &nbsp;AP: &nbsp;9:37 &nbsp;Finished with a 2 mile cool down. &nbsp;Achilles is about the same. &nbsp;Lots of stretching and calf raises.</p> <p>3x</p> <p>squat</p> <p>single leg squat to lunge</p> <p>firehydrant holds</p> <p>push ups</p> <p>calf raises</p> <p>1 mile</p> Mon, 09 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Apr 07, 2018 http://Toby.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-07-2018.html <p>Forbes Elementary TT: 29:07 AP :9:40 &nbsp;I felt better today...still stiff and heavy. &nbsp;Achilles is slightly pulling, so lots of calf raises. &nbsp;Rainy and humid out.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>3x</p> <p><span style="caret-color: rgb(69, 69, 69); color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 19px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">Trx lunge</span></p> <div style="caret-color: rgb(69, 69, 69); color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 19px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">Trx dead lift</div> <div style="caret-color: rgb(69, 69, 69); color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 19px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">Trx row</div> <div style="caret-color: rgb(69, 69, 69); color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 19px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">Trx iYT</div> <div style="caret-color: rgb(69, 69, 69); color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 19px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">Planks</div> <div style="caret-color: rgb(69, 69, 69); color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 19px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="caret-color: rgb(69, 69, 69); color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 19px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">Bicep curl to shoulder press</div> <div style="caret-color: rgb(69, 69, 69); color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 19px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">Front raise</div> <div style="caret-color: rgb(69, 69, 69); color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 19px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">Adductor</div> <div style="caret-color: rgb(69, 69, 69); color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 19px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">Fire hydrant hold</div> Sat, 07 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Apr 06, 2018 http://Toby.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-06-2018.html <p>Manilla Elementary TT: &nbsp;29:21. AP: &nbsp;9:46</p> <p>This is my first run since the Buffalo 100. &nbsp;I promised myself two weeks of gluttony after the race. &nbsp;I have a tendency to jump right back in....and I always get into trouble. &nbsp;Big trouble. &nbsp;It was nice to be lazy, eat what I want, stay up later and just do nothing.</p> <p>3 very easy miles. &nbsp;Lots of cobwebs. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s going to take awhile to feel normal. &nbsp;I don&rsquo;t have any races planned (well....maybe be the AF Half....but I haven&rsquo;t signed up). &nbsp;</p> <p>Walking lunges, dead lifts, calf raises, TRX crunch, TRX row, LLL. &nbsp;Felt good to move. &nbsp;Now it&rsquo;s time for a nap :)</p> Fri, 06 Apr 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Mar 23, 2018 http://Toby.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-23-2018.html <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-weight: 700; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Buffalo 100 Mile Race Report</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-weight: 700; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">March 23 - 24, 2018</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;">A few years ago, I saw a video of a running friend finishing the Buffalo 100 mile trail race. I was inspired and a small seed was planted in my heart. &nbsp;I do not have a natural running ability. I run a 3:55 marathon which is NOT a Boston Qualifier. My weekly mileage sweet spot is only 40 miles/week. I do not have perfect running form. &nbsp;I have had every running injury. But I wanted to see if I worked hard enough and had a big enough desire that I could accomplish a 100 mile trail race Just. Being. Average.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;">Now that I have finished this race, I write this race report to remember. &nbsp;Remember the training, the feelings, and all the non-sugar coated details. I write it for those who are the average runner wondering if they could finish such a race. &nbsp;YOU CAN!</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; font-weight: 700; white-space: pre-wrap;">Training:</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;">I ran 4 days/week for this race. &nbsp;I ran on the road, treadmill, and trail. &nbsp;I did the 25k loop on Antelope Island 4 times. &nbsp;My weekly average was 40 miles/week. I completed 4 weeks of 50 miles/week and hit one week of 60 miles/week. &nbsp;On my non-running days, I would lift weights and do yoga. My longest run was the Red Mountain 55K three weeks before race day.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-weight: 700; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Pre-Race:</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;">The race day weather report showed rain and snow. &nbsp;Because of the weather, I opted to utilize the early 10:00am start time. My race anxiety greatly eased knowing I had two extra hours. &nbsp;I also purchased a Patagonia Houdini rain/wind jacket (which turned out to be the best purchase ever).</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-weight: 700; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Race Day:</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;">Tim and I arrived at Antelope Island 8:45am. &nbsp;It was pouring rain as I picked up my bib. As we headed out to the start line, the rain let up. &nbsp;I checked in with the race director, made last minute clothing adjustments, and attended the pre-race meeting. &nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="832" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/dYlfp-Dgm4YdvV7Orutd0vzcwiUI2Exfn5dZrj0ZbU0zNuL_sSwZAe_8otXkueogZUs29NrXruLM_UGR4qQrFrUBqZasW_8bfx_mR-L2dnoAIMBCxCXkrhKzQWDlTiHvNmuNlTfe" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">There was 20 runners that utilized the early start. &nbsp;Jim Skaggs (the race director) drew a line in the dirt with his foot and at exactly 10:00am, he yelled &rdquo;Run, you fools.&rdquo; &nbsp;&nbsp;We started out on the 20 mile loop. This loop had the most climbing of the course. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="468" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/Fp7J8D2LRcric5H3sp6_wQzQmY6GFAJg9RSeqhHySKUU3cFRwS_FZKuUw4kjGLKhmKyKQCjNGDls9YIXBZV_jqAAjyv0C-3fATKDPx7rOsAcTQovb2wYnX_WI-BO63-_7uropMGu" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I made it to the first aid station (AS) &nbsp;with a small group of runners. I was taught to be fast and efficient with aid stations by my friend/pacer Kelli. No dilly-dallying! &nbsp;The clock is still ticking. During miles 15-20, I started to get nauseous. This is not normal for me, so I walked until I felt better. &nbsp;Then ran. Walked. Ran. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="603" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/pUBPOukiYH1Y6WMik0NG4EB0oLJejmSFUiGW6123DEQBdAAnEEi2NexN7kILRuQzjTbeR6bihht6uie3qyNt-BuRiLY0AWZNNGgsA9sjmnYPVbHz1wf2eZPLpjdoJ0AFScG0j3VU" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="482" /></span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">At mile 20, I made it back to the start/finish area. &nbsp;My friend and pacer, Melissa was yelling for me! It was wonderful to see a familiar face! &nbsp;She led me to where Tim had set up all my gear. Melissa gave me some Tums to help my stomach, filled my water bottles, and sent me off with words of encouragement.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Next stop was the Mountain View AS (mile 22) and then onto the Lower Frary AS (mile 27). &nbsp;This was a long and lonely trail. Tim was the best crew chief. He always had a camping chair set up, my plastic container of gear open, and was ready to get food/fill bottles. &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I started to listen to podcasts and looked forward to seeing other runners along the way (and there were not a lot!!). &nbsp;I planned to take some time at the Ranch AS (mile 33). I used the restroom, got some food, changed my socks/added more lube to my feet. &nbsp;This was a longer stop (maybe 10 minutes). It felt good to sit for a minute and see other runners.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="452" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/7jN9J46sl3K4V1llbLdNQx3PNILF_mHK8z1T4QUEa74R-4twV_B1UcxU1tP3rLeP8AGbRWb2pyTY83KI9BDTh-38QiJnrnt5wBat0m5Y6mueCLmPljER1tj5KwqASHsGD_D5yD5X" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="603" /></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">As I left the Ranch, I was listening to the Trail Manner&rsquo;s podcast. &nbsp;I met the Trail Manner&rsquo;s guys while running the Red Mountain 55k a few weeks ago. &nbsp;Right then on the podcast, they gave me a shout out for the 100 miler. I got the biggest smile on my face. &nbsp;It totally made my day.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">My legs were feeling good and I made great time back to the Lower Frary AS (mile 38). &nbsp;I grabbed my headlamp and charger. It was starting to get dark. It was windy all day, but it was getting windier. &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="603" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/ZgGn3_zIWnei3RvGsc__J1ylkIgUPIVe92Ltk3DGZOYxdoHCvu4wpcX2LNw9tCadZ0ZoJXLs9NiKWWeDMUTWe-LrQ4KmlT4kc4EWQkHuQVNWq5dSjIhjZ6lE7OS-RXpbiOHKBgRd" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="452" /></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I saw my dear friend and training partner, Rachel around mile 45. &nbsp;It was good to have her walk with me for a minute. She gave me details of the other runners. &nbsp;She was just the perfect dose of sunshine. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">It was dark and I had trouble with my headlamp. &nbsp;I ended up taking both headlamps off and holding them in my hands (I had one for my head and one to go around my waist). &nbsp;There was a short field that I had to bushwhack. I struggled running through this section because it was hard to see the holes in the ground. &nbsp;The wind was blowing and I kept having to hold onto my hat. This is the most technical portion of the course.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I struggled over the large boulders and had a hard time figuring out the trail. &nbsp;I started to hit the panic button&hellip;.I did not have cell coverage. I was all alone. &nbsp;It was dark. It was windy. I was SO cold. I could not see very well. I ended up missing a turn off and got lost. &nbsp;I eventually found my way back to the start/finish AS (mile 50), but I was an emotional mess. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">When I came back into the AS, Tim wrapped me in his arms and told me I was going to be fine. &nbsp;I changed my clothes, got on a winter hat, hand warmers. Kelli (my other amazing pacer) handed me a cup of warm broth. &nbsp;Manna from heaven. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="603" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/yttyDVHWj6LHMLgzZb2MOCxcbpk-3PH31BeVcG_syIY6tAhlGsbkza-iS-pVMQ8JsU129aAqQsA1rQ-8_xOL8IP2WKG3G45Y82NC1FzpopBjHAsH8ACRcfns571u4jb9aytFWic9" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="482" /></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">As I was pulling myself together, Annie Macdonald came over to chat with me. &nbsp;Annie ran the Buffalo 100 last year. I followed her training and race last year. &nbsp;She totally ROCKED it and was on my &ldquo;cool-runner&rdquo; list. I felt silly for being such a hot mess and tried to pull myself while she talked to me. &nbsp;She filled my brain with confidence and sent Kelli (pacer #1) and I out the door for loop #2.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="603" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/EJvW49Tmgk7Sxv9U6uS8y7zF2uI4oWS8pVoI2DinMplTFpKAiKkYPt7t26SpiWRQeKLml3lezNOzqubevwaT7IQKzwqcvuN6gKRy7xIIj43laMxbmLmgckq3_0Uo0-48JCXoVcyN" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="482" /></span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I cannot even express how grateful I was to have Kelli by my side. &nbsp;We have done this 20 mile loop several times during training. It felt like a Saturday morning out on the trails with my friend&hellip;.telling stories and catching up with life. &nbsp;The moon was incredible. I had several PB&amp;J quarter sandwiches and chips. I took my trekking poles during this section as it had a few good climbs. I had done a caffeine fast three weeks prior to the race. &nbsp;I finally took some Excedrin at mile 57. My IT Band was starting to slightly hurt. I figured it was a good time for some pain relief and caffeine. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="468" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/sjLboZ6S4l5uroFpE3mUYxWoDKjdemqDkZYlRNKF-Yv4GhBzeXS7yYRJmWm_H7-TJj2KABRvV22hzEghhiAuAh0F5WoeHrdmRMfLLRnLBXXYo-cyDweUJtN0-RAYOaUxXnofaRdD" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Kelli and I completed the loop (mile 50-70). &nbsp;I changed my socks/shoes and added more lube to my feet. &nbsp;More broth. I headed out of the tent with Melissa (pacer #2 who gave me Tums at the very beginning. &nbsp;Yep...I have the most amazing friends who hang out all day). My legs were starting to get heavy and my IT Band was still hurting. &nbsp;Melissa encouraged me to take more caffeine. She told me stories and asked just the right questions to keep my mind moving.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="603" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/l1PCcfgOrkZDghd8F7IH8RKuY9GX6BZDEUIB-7c_7pzM3XasvYSyGlF2daJrfONz2F6j0AmdStTWIOjXkBERox3k_zDwqi2d8h7whQ11mzlyCSj5tV8TPeYM0XXycviMMjHZvgWN" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="452" /></span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Melissa is amazing photographer. &nbsp;I told her I wanted lots of pictures and video because I was only going to run a 100 mile race once&hellip;.and I needed to document it. &nbsp;She took some amazing sunrise pictures. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="452" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Ui_tYfJhlqmcY0KfEQiykozk5V643vqQpc9utczf3JPWr2FbLwt8NOlwhoNy2OJt-PWqeiQrkoufNsXmCNwq4mtjzLy8eQFV-qP8etE638Y7VvKFyV4HI7OFCoSmh9MOoSH0tbZO" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="603" /></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="452" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_molDsNMkD81EjE6QaQK14aGKM71Y3kvAdxDchY8QVIPsr1ppSCH_rgwAMj85pr2K7Ii_V8j3NzAOwKthPdWDAku-7xCeCNB5Rir8-Crcj79I32PBI0MOyLG4QuvAs5ki1vAF1m6" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="603" /></span></span></p> <p><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We finally made it back to the Ranch AS (mile 83). &nbsp;Tim had all my stuff ready for a full clothing change. &nbsp;It was still windy and I needed to get out of my wet clothing. &nbsp;I got some food/filled my water bottles. I was officially sick of eating. &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="452" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/zxKvjuRmnkkJmiDYS22vII7HyUl_lDBc7_osOG02KRhUZUbgAPK3mmNZD4FY9-oaVdAT_udrtwhBWRn5L3zcyfuNpHCrdJpSy94KydAiiwgpccXgZuVZXVX5DHsNYPZRBZbRbeCc" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="603" /></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The wheels started to fall off. &nbsp;The exhaustion was overwhelming. I literally needed toothpicks to hold my eyelids open. &nbsp;I started to get quiet and tucked way into the pain cave. My legs were so heavy. My IT Band was crippling. &nbsp;I had heard of the &ldquo;lows&rdquo; of ultra running. But I had no idea just how LOW this felt.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">As we pulled into the Lower Frary AS (mile 87), I told Melissa I needed to lay on the ground for 10 minutes. &nbsp;I laid on the dirt on the side of the trail. Pack and all. I only lasted 45 seconds. I sat up and Tim crouched down in front of me. &nbsp;I put my hands on my head and started to cry. Tim kept saying to me, &ldquo;you only have 13 miles left&rdquo;. &ldquo;13 MORE MILES.&rdquo; This seemed like such an overwhelming distance. &nbsp;I was mostly walking at this point and this meant HOURS left. Carol Manwaring (ultra runner extrodinaire) knelt down by me and said &ldquo;You got this Toby&rdquo;. I know Carol, but in my state of hot-mess, I looked at her and asked her &ldquo;who are you?&rdquo; &nbsp;She laughed and helped me up. Talk about your friends seeing you in a very raw-state. No faking the lows of a 100 mile race.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="468" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/oDRXBA16OFI7TyBaqNd0l-owgUo9GMHv3ZuiQUid2E1JqKHkVGyPifh79TngeMCzCQIp_PNwvm3W2_PVnpkcUNGCILfOP-hFeEeibWwDgR-zk5Dqem01vyfSOP_ZXTwc7DtRJTiH" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="452" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/mPN2xaYDXGJO5F36I5w0qjHsVSx4wHpIxR5od1Zfs_-xdGDAPklrTETuMD5y3cLDIeexVFUTSJxwYI8QqSzt3hlW6iULQy98rMVJYpuCZGqb-asvydu_8Zln3uw8qk-jvFcnP109" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="603" /></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="468" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/3sMqPL53fup01Rquf1DL5Po5Z8DhMRpVaw_gcV2MNSiD09YGQTfWAeUBRpTSzxV4-mzAr7b61AqBq2Vexh5rArJB7UaxXuud44uRfiYJ0e8QazcKsrDm3mx9Dz7YH76OovZFdADP" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I guess if I can&rsquo;t take a nap, I might as well keep moving. &nbsp;I had been posting periodic race updates on Instagram. As Melissa and I walked, I decided now would be a perfect time to check Instagram. &nbsp;I had so many comments and well wishers. People are REALLY nice to you when you run a 100 miles. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="468" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/IcPG8YBOd_fwnWSoqCHj-sYWDQpSbXLEiNfylcNnvEA_Xeo5kUcjDW5alW8tgzRyEJSl-aLevTHGm4aDIHQTW_ood2kVbzfdRNgEXhLMC-z93iG8MbnM2QpwmLeJ0pdd9XRgc8he" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Somewhere between mile 87 and 90, Kelli and Tim blasted my favorite song from Tim&rsquo;s truck. &nbsp;Tim even danced. It totally put a smile on my very tired face. I was grateful for Kelli&rsquo;s inspiration to remember my song!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Melissa and I made it to mile 94. &nbsp;I was SO unbelievably tired. Tim took over pacing duties into the most technical part of the course (the part I got lost on the night before). &nbsp;My IT Band was still crippling...going up and over the large boulders was excruciating. I had a blister on my right foot. This was a very long section of the race. &nbsp;I was grateful for Tim&rsquo;s stories of the past two days.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We came across two ladies that asked if I was Toby. &nbsp;They had been following my Instagram posts and gave me some encouraging words! &nbsp;We finally came to the long dirt road to the finish line. As much as I wanted to run into the finish, my IT Band said no. &nbsp;So I made my mile 99 shuffle into the finish line. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="832" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/3eY3fZY8IomXicfEK6aCC4BwMBO8Z3l0bRm-byTDxzWnowFXvgmJz5KDVZe2qKanLp7bZouqNRTfS6RMABfNA4-uQSp3sBOFCs8G55fWwVshA60UmEMS0dhK6up5WQBPbLvTxCzV" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624" /></span></span></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I cannot even begin to express the emotions of seeing my two pacers at the finish line. &nbsp;To hear them scream my name. I crossed that finish line a new person. So many kind strangers came up to me to congratulate me on my success. &nbsp;I cannot tell you the relief of being DONE. My crew helped me into the tent and Tim took off my shoes. Best thing EVER! </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="603" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/mUpb6qBT8Rb9uG1FwVJolP1ulKA9laHPCzXWlrDzBFYt97iWOjARhqjSxVjPkVO1zWiB5kLV7-ltiVXEE5Dkdgts1egssj0EPGdHrsJG_nCiMIwIw6G0s3ksUZTHB0xOlcHND07Z" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="452" /></span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="603" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/uMkiCh1IK9My23ReBsVzCBbmUpL-v9BE467xutW8WMiItSxkWNHpGiZfDNn3RjUBrdwqgJwx8J2dDrYp9BgZzxhbzBG2PmidBQl7gKgx3n8qhVXQYd0fZyJUKsfeJXesXbgT-PJU" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="482" /></span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="452" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/JozEwELsByLSxQYv6j_Xez1VcH7q0cKup3QlQ9dvw9EnzwjZtSDYifrxGQ5gqPIjgTaH0N66aVbozp-BB7p2OOJFknBsb99ax-zgpM6oUN7clzhbxd9KdDdkc9yJuqYnYn-U7d2m" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad); -webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="603" /></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">My #1 goal was to finish within the 30 hour cutoff time. &nbsp;I finished in 26:53:43 and the 5th female.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c4564dce-74c4-589b-9410-f03b7388ca42"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-position: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">It was so fun to chat with other runners at the finish line tent. &nbsp;Swap stories. I am still in awe at how kind people are while these ultra races&hellip;..aid station volunteers, other runners, and spectators. &nbsp;Everyone wants to you to finish. They will help you in anyway possible. I believe that the 100 mile belt buckle belongs to the entire team (crew, pacers and the runner). &nbsp;If it were not for Tim, Kelli, and Melissa, I would NOT have crossed that finish line. I am forever grateful for their kindness in my very dark moments.</span></span></p> <p><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Mar 21, 2018 http://Toby.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-21-2018.html <p>TT: &nbsp;30:00 on home TM. &nbsp;</p> <p>The weather is looking so much better for the race. &nbsp;I have everything laid out and ready to go. &nbsp;I just need to download some new music and put my food together. &nbsp;My husband is in London and suppose to arrive home late Thursday . &nbsp;Not a lot of wiggle room....I hope he makes it!</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Mar 19, 2018 http://Toby.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-19-2018.html <p>TT: &nbsp;38:54. AP: &nbsp;9:43</p> <p>On the home&nbsp;TM. &nbsp;Everything kinda hurts.</p> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:00:00