|Ready to roll.|
|A little early for No Shave November.|
|Wound up looking like the Butcher from Gangs of New York.|
After much begging, I got my legs of choice, the number two slot. I wanted it so badly because the first segment (Leg 2) ran right past the school that I teach and coach at. I actually spent numerous afternoons running the route backward and forward, getting more geeked up all the time.
|It's hard to run easy past these.|
Leg 2 - 6.4 miles - 35:57 (5:37/mi.)
My second leg, number 14 was a 5 mile open highway drag into Danville. I felt pretty good about putting more time on my man and tried to put in my best time trial. Set my second PR of the night:
Leg 14 - 5 miles - 28:30 (5:42/mi.)
Maintaining that XC, never say die mentality, I went out crazy hard for my last leg. Not even 10 minutes in I heard the worst imaginable sound - a train whistle. I was running about 200m away from the railroad crossing when I saw the gates go down. Our competition was on the other side of those tracks and I had to wait over 4 agonizing minutes. Even though I had no illusions of catching those guys, I went all out for the remainder of my leg - the kind of running that leaves you feeling like you're about to burst a blood vessel in your head. It was torture, but after about 25 minutes on the road, my Bourbon Chase was done.
Leg 26 - 3.9 miles - 25:00ish - (???/mi. - stopped by train for 4 minutes!)
|An amazing bunch of guys.|
|The photographer is actually taking a pic of the bib number, but the caption should be so much better.|