My first finish at a 100!
To give a little perspective let's start 40 months ago. When in an effort to replace other bad habits, I turned to running. At the time I was in pretty bad shape being overweight and such. However, I needed an outlet and this was to be it so I would head to the YMCA with my soon to be wife 3-4x a week and crank out 30 minutes on the treadmill.
Not knowing anything about running, I would usually run this as hard as I could, putting myself on the verge of a heart-attack. And when that 30 mins would cross on the screen I would collapse and be amazed that such a crazy effort only burned like 600 calories (which I would promptly replace @ the Wendy's dollar menu immediately after).
However, this is where the passion began. On those dreadmill's at the Madison West Y. A few months later I decided I would sign up for my first race ever. What did I pick?
The Kettle Moraine 100K Ultramarathon!
That is a story of it's own, but let's say with great difficulty a VERY under-trained still out of shape person endured a lot of pain yet finished.
Since then I have attempted the Hundo distance twice before Zumbro. Once at Kettle and another time at Superior. Both ended in Failure.
But at the 2011 Zumbro 100 I finally met my goal. I finished in 28:59. Good enough for 5th place out of 25 people. I made a ton of rookie errors. A few that almost cost me my race. I learned that some aide station volunteers have hearts made of literal gold. And that a pacer is man's best friend in 100 mile races.
Zumbro was a terrific race, with terrific people and this year it even had terrific weather. I thank the race director and all the volunteers (all 50 of you) for making this happen.
I look forward to returning next year where I plan to race it, instead of just finish it!