|Josh and I at the start.|
|The crew at the 3rd aid station.|
By this point, I was experiencing a burning sensation in the bottom of my feet that I've never experienced before. It felt like I was running the whole thing in ill-fitting high heels. The fire got worse with every step and quadrupled the minute my feet hit pavement. As we hit the last two miles at Huff Run, Brittany and Hannah were a bit ahead of me and Josh. Knowing that I could run this downhill, I told Josh I was going to run ahead because I couldn't take the burning anymore. I ran through every creek, every puddle that I could find to ease the pain. As I came out of the woods onto the last stretch of pavement, I was reading to take my shoes off and finish barefoot, lol.
We headed up the last tiny hill to the finish line, realizing that we were still under 7 hours. I tried to run as fast as I could, but it was like running with 50 lb. boots on through mud. My foot hit the timing pad right at 7 hours flat, 2 hours and 3 minutes faster than last year.
I have to say, I was so impressed by the organization of the race, the course itself, and the comraderie and support of my fellow hikers and runners. I am blown away by the athleticism of the ultra runners. Forget your Olympic athletes, these people are insane. Running 50ks in 5 and 6 hours over this crazy terrain. I have no words for much I admire them. Well, not just them, but anyone who had the balls to tackle Hyner, whether it was the 25k or the 50k. I think they need to wear capes when they compete in these events.
Maybe I'll wear one next year...