Thursday, February 27, 2014
40 miles 4 40 years
The most memorable way to hit any milestone.
Just over a year ago now I was running a 9 miler on my birthday and was asked if I was finishing up a 39 miler. I said no but what a great idea, the seed was planted. Later listening to a podcast interview with Catra Corbett, the “Dirt Diva”, she talked about doing the same thing. Deal breaker, if other people did it it’s not crazy, I was in.Plans were made. A 40 mile route was mapped out with stops at some of my favorite local watering holes. Running mates were informed of the plan and I was obligated. As Feb. 7th approached I did turn by turn directions and a schedule. Invited friends to join in for parts. Hoping for somewhat normal weather during the coldest and snowiest winter ever, I got 0 degrees with wind chills around -15 at the start.
Off to Dale’s and the shortest leg of the epic run only 4 miles. At Dale’s we were treated as rock starts, walking in to cheers, high fives, and shots on the table (Tequila, Vodka & Red Bull).
After a longer than planned break we left to finish circling Perrysburg for 6 miles to BWW’s. Again a large group was there to meet and support us, but we only stopped briefly. We were behind schedule and tired. So 7 strong we took off to finish the last 5 miles up at Swig’s. We got to Swig’s with 40.02 on the Garmin, 7hrs 7 minutes of running, and almost 11 hours after beginning we had reached our goal and went in to Swig’s where we had taken over. Celebrated with some craft beer, chicken dog, sweat potato fries, and a chocolate bacon sundae.
I’d like to thank everyone who meet me for a drink, the establishments we stopped in and caused a ruckus(they let us dry clothes, charge watches and phones, and ect.), and those who acted as sag wagons or chauffeurs. But most of all JP (20 miles), Dianna (14), Brian (16), Tim (14), Kelly, Mike (5), Steve (7), Kevin (7), Martha (5), and Evan (5) for running parts of the course with me and of course the crazy of the crazies Tom and Mark for doing all 40 miles.
Sound fun, want to do your own epic milestone adventure? Of course you do, a few tips.
1. Post your plans (if people know, your committed)
2. Find crazy friends who are up for anything
3. Order better weather
4. Eat 300 calories an hour. (Need more fuel than just beer, even craft beer)
5. Take your time (make it fun)