It was the first big weekend – 20 miles! I had a Cinderella deadline time but got lucky when crazy ultra runners Joy and Laura joined me at 5am for the 20 miles. Joy drew up the route and it was to be a 4 park route, all along the Chattahoochee River.
For reasons unknown, I had really bad GI distress for the first 7 miles – 3 restroom breaks and quesy stomach with cramps, not to mention dead legs that refused to move.
I debated abandoning the run at 8-9 miles and starting over the next day. While really really temping, I decided to push on, especially when I might be in the same unfortunate condition on race day – with jet lag legs and a crappy stomach. And since my stomach was literally empty, there could be no other danger. Joy and Laura also made me empty half my water so I wasn’t carrying quite as much weight.
I had the best running buddy I could ask for, especially on the trails. She absolutely loves running on trails!
We were rewarded with this friendly fella, so close to the trail that we could’ve reached out and patted.
And so that was … A week of 20+3 miles to finish my 40 mile week.