I did not even come close to 100k. At 40 miles I told the guys "I am done"
But that is OK, because I ran until I pretty much could not run anymore. At Afton State Park, that happens faster as the hills just suck you dry.... especially after 8 hours of running.
Wondering how to have a great time on a Friday night? Send a message out to the MN Dead Runners asking to join in an all night run. See how many show up.
Well, a lot showed up. All at different times, which made it a blast. Here is the list of all who made it for some time.
Phillip Gary Pierce
....and maybe John Storkamp. Never saw him, but we heard a runner with a flashlight wearing a thong was looking for us. Pete says he saw him, so we will count him.
Did I bite off more than I could chew? Yes. But sometimes that is how my training works. Now I know if I can go back in a few weeks and do what I intended to do Friday night, I know i made marked improvement and will gain confidence. I just would have spent most of the miles past 40 walking, and that would have taken forever. So I decided to come back with more strength. Not sure when, but this time I will give a few weeks notice and bring more coffee for Kami.
For those non "crazy" runners who read this, you have a mission. Spend at least 1-2 hours some time in the dark running at Afton Park. It is truly amazing, beautiful, etc.
We saw the orange moon rise above the St. Croix river. We ran across the Africa Loop plains just as it was getting dark, and it was majestic. Many times we would look into the dark woods, only to see glowing eyes staring back at us. That was cool!
A vulture? The wing span was at least 6-8 feet
Bald eagles - one looking for dinner standing on the beach
A raccoon - perched in a tree in the dark with an evil stare.
All in all, it was a great time. After two loops of running, Pete and Andrew met us in the parking lot. I was drained, Jim was still fresh, and I was stalling going back out until I had more energy.
Then the party wagon pulls up (it is around midnight at this point). Out comes Helen, Kami, and Eric. Well, the Helen and Kami show is quite amusing. They gave us a good kick through the snowshoe loop. After that they dropped us like a ton of bricks.
By 2 am I was pretty beat, and at 3 am, I was done.
Jim and I went back to the parking lot and set up camp waiting for the crew to return. We made coffee, ate gummy bears, etc.
Up pulled Phillip and Karen, ready to go for some running. I said "I am done"
There were some funny events during the run, but I have already rambled, so they will be told at another time. But, it was a little scary seeing a large shadow at the top of the long dirt road. It had just become dark. Turns out it was 2 lost horseriders.
I thought it was a bear for a second.
Stay tuned for the 2nd all night Fat Ass. Need to do it before Superior.