Monday, March 29, 2010
It will take a few days to get my head together to write a full race report on the 2010 Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run. In a way there is a lot to share, yet in a way there isn't really that much. So many people put together some epic performances. My good buddy Jill Perry did it again, winning and besting her prior course record with an amazing 15:58:16. Frank, Emmy, Eric, Marge, Cherie, Tammy, Doug, Susan....I could go on and on....put in some amazing performances (some first-time 100-mile finishes) !
I will eventually write a detailed report about my race (although many may be disappointed to learn that I have no pictures or videos to share as I left the camera behind to concentrate on the time goal). Doug and I had discussed our time goals as far back as November - big goals, possibly a stretch. On race-day, we simply made it happen by sticking to our plan. Doug and I ran the first 50 miles together in 9:12:00 until we picked up our pacers. After spending the most part of the 2nd half separated, I finally caught up to him with less than a mile to go, and it wasn't too hard to decide that we would finish together. 19:24:46 - a new personal best at the 100-mile distance, and good enough for 18th place overall. My preliminary splits are below (each lap was 12.5 miles).
There are plenty of people to thank, but the person that comes most to mind right now is my pacer, Rick Gaston. He once again (this was the 4th time he has paced me in a 100-miler) pushed me to my limits and I couldn't have done it without him. Congrats to everyone who participated in the event and, of course, to all of the volunteers and race personnel for putting together an amazing 2010 Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run.