Wednesday (12,778 steps) - Core class before work again. Nothing else. I met Ben at 4 Noses for a "Friday" beer, then we picked up Torchy's. In bed early.
|Amazing wrap-around patio!|
|Spicy chicken sausage & gouda cheddar grits! So good!|
|Probably my favorite aid stations sign|
Saturday (14,137 steps) - My birthday!!
After sending Ben on his way, I headed back to the house and got a few more hours of sleep. Up early to chase him around at more aid stations. My first mistake of the day was assuming the next crew accessible aid station was the last one I'd been able to do on outbound. I was wrong. And then for whatever reason google sent me on a 50 minute drive to get to the right one, around mile 70. Still super hot, and Ben was still in a pretty good mood, especially considering he had already been up for 24 hours.
|The photographer for the race managed to get this adorable shot of me sending him off (awww)|
|View from lunch! (Don't be fooled, clouds didn't cool anything down)|
I drove by the 80 mile aid station and it WAS PACKED. Very little, if any, parking and the local police were there towing people that were over the white line. Initially I had planned on stopping to see if anyone I recognized might be willing to follow me to the start so I could leave the truck and head back over there, but I wasn't able to stop. Next plan was to see if there was anyone at the finish line that might be able to help. Turns out, that was a negative. Ugh, MORE driving back to the aid station (for anyone keeping track, every trek to an aid station was 30-45 minutes, so I was in the truck A LOT). I was very careful to park over the white line. Maybe too far.
|And where are tow trucks when you need one?!|
|Yes, I'm aware I look crazy, haha|
As I was heading up I got one of two things from runners. 1). Am I going the right way?? and 2). Are you ok? Actually, a third thing - WOW THAT IS THE BRIGHTEST LIGHT EVER.
I was having a nice time, mostly hiking, I was not in a big rush.
I finally got to the Fire Pit aid station and figured he would have to be somewhat close. I decided for now that I would sit by the fire and wait until I found out how far away he was.
|I tried to pull off to let Ben run through alone, but he wanted to hold hands, haha|
|Basically the biggest buckle ever. I compared it to mine, and it's the size of Javelina PLUS Rocky|
And then... axe throwing!! I certainly wasn't great at it, but it was fun trying it.
Monday (8,335 steps) - Woke up before the alarm went off at 8:30. Spent the morning cleaning up the cabin before heading out. Ben had never been to North Carolina, and it was close, so we decided we'd head that way for lunch. Of course the place we picked was "temporarily closed" - grrr, so we had to drive another 20 minutes to Murphy's. Had some delicious fried green tomatoes and a Philly cheese steak before starting the long drive to Atlanta.
|I'm still terrible at corn hole|
- 115,503 steps
- 26 miles run
- 1 trip to the gym