North Face Endurance Challenge 50k Race Report
|Marathon Maniacs at the KC North Face Endurance|
Last week's Pilgrim Pacer Marathon took quite a toll on me and I was feeling it as this final race got closer. The Pilgrim Pacer was Saturday the weekend before this race and it left me with a sore left knee and right foot. I was worried my knee was a real injury; it didn't feel like a tight muscle issue. I've found since I started going to Wisner Chiropractic for ART that most things really do end up being muscle tightness issues rather than true injuries so I decided I'd wait until after my Monday appt with Dr. Jared Wisner to worry too much. He found that my quads were VERY tight and that was causing the pressure on my knee and my calf was causing the pulling on my foot. After my appt my foot still bothered me a little, but my knee was fine. I felt good at that point that I could survive the race one way or another. It would be slow and painful, but I could get through it without major injury.
The race was on Saturday so I decided to take Friday and Monday off from work. Necessary? No, but after all of these races I sure was looking forward to a few days off. Kristy & I went to packet pickup Friday evening, then there was a small pre-race dinner planned with a handful of fellow Marathon Maniacs. The dinner was at the Beer Kitchen in Westport just about 1/2 mile from packet pickup so we walked over. We had never been to this restaurant before and we hadn't met these Maniacs before so it was sure to be a fun evening! We got there and met Perky Garcia, Lianne Griffin, Kathy Davidson & Nicholas Juskiewicz. We had a great time and they were all VERY fun people. The restaurant was amazing! I had a "build your own Mac & Cheese" with ham 7 caramelized onions. It was AMAZING!! The service was great and they had plenty of options (including options that my vegan friends could enjoy). After dinner we headed home to get our stuff together for the race and get some sleep.
|L-R - Ron Ruhs, Erica Carper & I just|
a couple miles in
|Me & Erica just a few miles in|
|My picture of a rock climber on Cliff Dr while|
Erica takes a picture of the view behind me
|Perky's picture of me at the 23 mile mark|
|Just after the marathon point; 5 miles left|
|Finally finishing the last race of 2012|
|Awards/medals from this 6 week stretch|