I'm writing to you from heaven or maybe it's purgatory. Just so you know, there is no hydration issues, no hitting the wall and best of all, no injuries up here. You still have to work hard to get a P.R. though. I got here in a very circuitous way.
I decided to go to Huntsville this morning to "return" my timing chip. It said that I would be penalized $35 for not returning it. So despite my decision NOT to run the race, I went up to return it. Just so that I'd fit in with everyone, I did dress the part, with couple of technical shirts, gloves, hat and running shoes. Well, I met Jon Walk, Dirt Runner, Kieth Kellerher, Steve Boone, Ken Johnson and countless others. I also met two other readers of my blog and another person who flew in from London to run the race. All that excitement and Dirt Runner suggesting that I try the first 6 mile loop to see how I'd feel.
First 18 miles went very well. It passed in about 4 hours. Then everything went wrong during the last 12 miles. I rolled my right ankle 3 times, stubbed my toes on the roots several times and tripped over roots too many times to remember. I managed not to fall but with about 8 miles to go, got a seriously sharp pain from the groin. So, today, I also learnt what a groin pull feels like.
I crossed the finish line in 7:10, as in 7 hours 10 minutes. Which is kind of funny because when I saw Bill Cox (Humble Runner) at the 18 mile turn around, I was kicking ass and taking names.
Now, sitting in front of my laptop, I feel as if a truck ran over me. I am having difficulty getting up and generally moving about. This feels worse than last year after the first marathon. That and I'm still recovering from the cold. I think that had something to do with fatigue setting in early. I'm sure I'll get better. Now I can say that I ran 50K with a runny nose and an annoying cough. I hope I don't catch pneumonia or something...