What a day at the Afton 25/50 K trail races. Wow.
I woke at 330 so I would have plenty of time to get over to the other side of the world with 1/2 an hour to spare before race time. I went through thunderstorms on the way over to Afton State Park and was hoping the rain would at least lighten for the start. Much to my amazement, it wasn't even raining in Afton..yet.
Eve's goal was to break the woman's record which was 444. She ran a 445 in training so we were all feeling quite confident that she would be able to do that.
Duke (Eve's husband) wanted to run a 420 as a goal race.
Can you believe the speed? My goal was a PR and to hopefully break 6 hours! Far cry from a 444!
Oh well..back to the race.
It was hot..90F .. and humid. Real humid. I don't usually mind the heat and it really didn't bother me too much. A thunderstorm did roll through, but it left as quickly as it came. Then the hot sun arrived and the dew points went through the roof.
I kept on thinking about Eve, throughout the whole race, I knew she would break the record.
I reached the half way point in 2:50 so I thought I was in good shape for under 6. It just didn't pan out though, my legs became tired, I slowed down, I was hot and I finished in 608, which is a PR for me, I didn't have any knee pain or any pain at all and I'd say I'm all recovered from FANS so I'm very pleased with my race.
As I ran into the finish line Eve was there doing a cheer. I looked at her and asked her how it went. "I did it, I broke the record!" Yahoo!! She ran the race in 4:21:48!!! That is so incredible. She not only broke the record .. she shattered it!!
Then Duke walked up and she announced that DUKE WON THE RACE! Won it in 4:20 - right on his goal - and get this, EVE took SECOND overall! Duke didn't even know she was only a minute in back of her! What a sweet deal.
THEN, John took third place! Unreal. They took 1-2 and 3. The three of them train together all of the time, are good friends. It is so cool!
What a great race.
I'm going to head up to the cabin for a while and then to Lutsen for Superior Beta Test for the 100 mile. Ought to be a good time!
Have a great 4th of July!