|Dirty German Endurance Fest|
|New and old friends|
I carried my sunglasses on top of my hat the entire 2 loops as it was kind of cloudy, and shaded, and I really didn't need them. So what did I do? I left them at the drop bag for loop 3. And what did it happen? The sun came all the way out shortly thereafter. Perfect. At that point, it only got hotter. Now each aid station stop was not only about refueling, it was about lubricating (you know what I am talking about) and staying chafe free (I succeeded). Amy and I would take turns running and walking. I would start running and go ahead of her. Then she would catch up and go ahead of me. Then we would run or walk together, etc. I started having pain in both of my pinkie toes, especially on my left foot. That had never happened to me before, and I was starting to wonder if the shoes I was wearing were a bit too small for me. On my previous races they were great, and while I felt some minor discomfort in that spot, I didn't think anything of it. But this was getting pretty painful. It must have been the combination of heat and 50 mile distance. I sucked up through it, as there was nothing else I could do about it, but I feel that it definitely slowed me down a bit. Right before hitting the 2nd aid station at about 7 miles into the 3rd loop, I could feel my nipple rubbing against my shirt. Sure enough, my trusty band aid had fallen off. My shirt was soaking wet, so I knew I had to do something about it. So off it went and topless I went for the duration. I usually do not like running without shirt. I am not sure why. Probably goes back to having a bad body image of myself. Enough about that.
|Getting after it|
|Amy took this when I finished|
I've decided that I need to try a bigger size of the Altra Superiors I was wearing. I love the shoes and they are simply amazing, but I don't want to experience that pain again. There was no blister or anything, so it must have been just pressure against the shoe. Again, Tailwind was certainly a saver for these humid conditions. Highly recommended!
|We was done|
Until next time. Go forth and run.