That’s pretty cool – “I won a door prize”. This is how my experience at the OC 100 started on Friday evening. I picked out the Hammer mixer and then headed to the gymnasium to pick out “my spot”. The sleep that night was restless and uncomfortable – not a good mix but you live and you learn. Something I would do a lot of this weekend.
My overall health was getting better. After the LP 12 hour in early September, I was still struggling with GI issues and went for a pouchoscopy followed the next week by a series of MRI’s. All of these tests pointed to a severe case of Pouchitis and I continued my antibiotic treatment. Two weeks before the race, things were getting much better and going into the race I remained positive about my health.
Race morning I woke up around 3:45 am and began with race morning preparation. I ate a bagel and drank some coffee then put on my race stuff. I was ready and looked forward to a good day on the trails. It was nice to see familiar faces around the cafeteria on race morning.
Tom and I were running off and on during this loop. At the end of the loop my Uncle Joe was there to surprise me with a visit. He reminded me to take more food which really helped.
Coming into AS #4 I was tired and my left shin had some noticeable pain but stretching seemed to help along with some Advil.
DNF at AS #3 on Loop #3 (84.5 miles completed in 24 hrs and 50 minutes - 17:38 per mile)
My assessment is nausea, poor eating at night, and the left shin contributed to my demise and I also ran the last lap faster than planned though AS #3.