Sorry for the long delay. Digital media is time consuming! My foot has recovered from the "duh-hrain" incident.
I have posted a bunch of photos on Webshots. I have tried to include a bit of narrative in the photo titles.
Now for the videos. These are all in Apple Quicktime format so if they don’t play, go download and install the latest version! (They all open in a new window)
If you only watch one, watch Video 11 in bold.
Some additional thoughts:
Scotland is beautiful!
My crew was fantastic and definitely deserve credit for getting me past half-way! In the few weeks of assimilation I find myself torn. Part of me wants to get back to some fast stuff, drop some weight and enjoy some time on the track. Another part of me can’t help but want to someday finish this race. It is beautiful, difficult, enchanting, and irritating all at the same time.
Descending Conic Hill at about mile 17, I had one Scot showing me how to amble down the steep grassy track telling me with a beaming smile, "ah, this is the daftest thing you’ll every do!" I was grimacing with each step as I could feel my toes and toenails compacting and this nutter was in a state of elation.
Durdam and Tapas recounted to me that there was one guy who was running quite well who would pull into each meeting point and have a few long drags on a cigarette! Can you imagine?
My favorite though is learning that the woman who passed my as if I were standing still at mile 8 is a course record holder (17 hours and change) who managed to get lost early on but finish 4th overall. Apparently she is known as "Mad Kate" which to me is simply hilarious — the nutters think this one is mad!
A hearty congratulations to my friend Tarit who worked on Friday, found his way to the start, gutted his way through the race in 25 hours despite a bum knee completing a record 10th WHWR, and was back at work on Monday!
I can’t say I would do much differently. I think I should have eaten more and had a sandwich around mile 18. We could have used a camping stove to heat up some food. Other than that my training was solid — the next day I could have easily gone for a run or even sprinted! The distance is just very far and I think it takes a fair amount of time to make that jump from 50 to 100. Knowing the course a bit more would have taken some of the mental anguish out of the race, but there are more than enough dragons to go around.
It was definitely an adventure!