Carbo-loading for the race. It was a recipe from the Home Depot Health Challenge cookbook. Absolutely gross. Onions, spinach, apricots, and raspberries?!?!? A match made in hell.
Chris Haley and Sasquatch giving the pre-race speech describing the course. "Yeah, you run over there somewhere. Then, ten miles later you're back here. You figure out the rest. I'll be lounging around here if you need me."
Bottleneck on a steep hill covered in wet roots and slick rocks. I let them pull ahead so I didn't smoosh them like the big rock in Indiana Jones.
Fern, fern, fern. Fern is the word. Ultrarunning fool, haven't you heard? Everybody's heard that fern is the word!
Crossing over the road? I'm a trail runner! I'll never make it! Game over, man. Game over! We can't repel fire of that magnitude!
The worst part about this race was following the arrows. Why do I have to jump over these signs? What is this, the Olympics? (The worst part was flipping upside down during the jump to read the sign. Damn ridiculous if you asked me.)
Sure, jump over the sign and crack my head and knees on the rocks. Chris Haley, why do you hate us so?
"It's using the trees." -Dutch.
"There's something out there, and it ain't no man. We're all gonna die." -Billy (sorry about all of the 80's movie quotes, but I stopped watching new movies in the early 90's).
Huh. I took a photo in the exact same spot twice in this race without even knowing it. At least I am facing a different direction each time. I guess I just like ferns. (P.S. Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow. Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow. Ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow.)
And what happens if I fall to the right while going over this bridge? Can you answer me that, Mr. Bridge Building Man? Yeah, I didn't think so.
Hey, whaddaya know! I held a job for ten years!
Anyway, finished my 27th ultra, and my 45th "Marathon and Beyond" distance (and yet, I'm still overweight. Go figure). That eight month layoff was terrible. It's great to be back in the game!