Monday, September 16, 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
We will keep you posted.
Above you can see our first hand off from Nancy to Lisa. In the back ground you can see some of what the runner transition areas look like.
We are all having breakfast now so the middle legs are already fading from memory. It's a survival phenomenon:if you accurately recalled the worst parts of running 6 MORE miles on 2 hours of sleep with chili cornbread sloshing in you stomach, you'd never run this thing again. Nor be able to enjoy chili cornbread.
Here is the profile of Chris's 8.3–mile Leg 19. The scale is 800 to 1200 feet. Absolutely brutal.
After a successful transfer of the wrist baton to the green line we are off again. Nancy is up and going to run 8 miles. It is complicated but she has an option to run fewer since her leg is part of a "wild card". But I have rigged things so she will go the full distance. Then I take over. When I finish my next goal is to eat lots of the great pumpkin bread Erica made for us!
We just got up after two whole hours of sleep. The crew just stumbled into DD for some coffee. I do not drink coffee so I am just hanging out here in the van. A van by the way that is not in totally awful condition! Maybe not a place you would want to spend several hours. But still I have seen worse.
Friday, September 13, 2013
We are done with the first round and heading off to get a couple hours of sleep, maybe. I had a mysterious dark run through the woods and fog for a mile or so. It's perfect weather-- cool but not cold, no wind, no rain, big fat half moon to light the way.
We are beating our projected time by 17 minutes which means we were actually pretty accurate.
It just poured today while we were running. Well at least while our first few runners were out. Now that the Orange line is going it is, naturally, clear. Their revenge I suppose for some previous years!
This is another shot of Nancy mid run. Still pouring!
Our second runner was Eugene. Fast as the wind! Here is the handoff
I am surprised we managed to get a picture of him. When you run sub-6 minute miles you have to be quick with the camera!
Skipping to the end for now here we are at McGrath's Tavern for dinner, the second year in a row we have stopped there.
Lisa should be smiling since she clearly wanted us to do a return visit!
In years past we have outed sandbaggers by checking our teammates out on Athlinks. This year we did not. Bad call! Catherine just knocked 2 minutes per mile off her self proclaimed half marathon pace and Melanie 1! Glad they are in my van! Bummer if you are expecting more time for a leisurely dinner. :-)
Nancy finished soaked and precisely on time. Eugene had at least 9 roadkills, and Matt just got the high-5 gamut on his leg. The Orange Line is optimistic that the rain will stop by the time we take over. The Green Line better hope so, too, because otherwise we will make like Rosa Parks and refuse to leave this bus.
Or part thereof. Given our party's size and the crowd we split up for breakfast. Nancy showed the best judgment and stayed at the hotel. Erica and Chris were the next brightest and abandoned the group and went back to the hotel. On the way back they apparently found a good place to stop. The rest of us end up at the Texas Toast Barbecue. Our party of 9 did them in. The food took forever! Joe and I ordered granola. Apparently milk was not considered standard with it. Really!
Once the food arrived the crew happily gobbled it up.
If you do not know who Rosie Ruiz is, this article will give you the important details. To many she is just a memory, a negative exemplar, a punchline. To us, she is inspiration.
Today dawned grey and rainy, but that will not deter us from covering the 200+ miles from Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire to Hampton Beach, New Hampshire any way we can. Like Rosie, we are all runners. So most of those 200 miles will be on foot.
Check back to this blog over the next two days to track our progress.
These vans will be our rolling homes for the next 2 days. If the rain stops soon we are going to pimp these rides something wicked. Check back for pictures of what they look like with their race faces on.
Yesterday the team arrived in sunny warm weather. Strike that. It was hot and muggy in the morning followed by torrential downpours in the evening. Fortunately, I did not bring an umbrella. Which in this case is good. One of this year's rookie members Eugene and I spent a few minutes pulling the back seats out of the vans early this afternoon. Yes, in that very pleasant hot and humid afternoon weather I just mentioned. Eugene is young and strong. I am old and feeble. The net result was Eugene's pinkie was a bit tired from holding the entire seat up while he checked out the cuticles on his other fingers. I was dripping sweat. So when late in the evening Nancy (a one year veteran), Catherine (a rookie) and I went off for a midnight drink at the bar across the road my clothes got washed, thereby sparing my future van mates from having to tie me to the roof for the race if they wished to breath! See, I told you it was fortunate I forgot to bring my umbrella!
Stick around as I am sure the posts and pictures (sorry I have not a single picture as yet) will be coming fast and furious in the coming hours if not minutes!