I was telling Lori,Randy,and Elizabeth that we would. not see Shannon till after 1am
then Shannon shows up!! 45 min ahead! she sped up! with her now she is in amazing spirits
Saturday, March 31, 2012
lots of thunder and lightening . but looks like is passing south. concerned about Kelly, josh, Monique, Shannon and the rest of the runners out there. it went from warm and muggy to cold and raining pretty quick and I think they are underdressed. Im sitting in the car. waiting for friends Lori , Randy, and Elizabeth who are coming in to see Shannon off on the last lap
very kind. it is cold, wet, muddy and dark
I will be running and walking the last lap with her, and I will be bringing my phone to read all the comments to her.
I cannot imagine how tired she is. I am exhausted, and I have only run about 4 miles today.
lap 6 was tough. about 3:20. lots of ups and Downs. josh had to break out the tylenol to keep her from sitting down. she is very tired and getting emotional. I told her about all the comments and well wishes on the blog and she started crying. Dana coming out to see her was special. too. she is still eating solid food and drinking plenty. she left quickly to start lap 7 with Monique.
Shannon hit a low point during lap 5. The loop was 3 hours.
But Brandy and Monique got her through it, drinking fluids and eating and walking.
The ensure, eggs and swiss cheese that she trained with is working great.
She came in running strong and in great spirits. A change of shoes and socks showed no blisters.
The crack pit crew of Iris and Monique got her turned around in no time.
"I'm never doing this again. Once. Just Once. Half marathon is a great distance"
Fortunately Brandy is here to pace her for lap #5.
Other than being tired, she is fine so far.
the pad Thai also made a surprise reappearance as Shannon barfed it up. she ate it too fast.
She is fine though. She is still eating solid food and keeping it down.
She changed her shirt and visor, downed another ensure and I gave her a cup of cold pad thai and fried rice.
She is taking in lots of calories early which is good, but she is going to pay later for pushing the pace.
Kelly is doing good, finished lap 2 around 4:30.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
- Mark Manz - Winner of Umstead Marathon
- Troy Shellhamer
- Kelly Bruno
- Race leaders
- Anybody else who asks
"Running 26.2 miles is an awesome achievement of a lifetime. Going any further than that and you're just being an asshole" - Shannon JohnstoneOn Saturday, my wife Shannon will be attempting to run 100 miles in day.
A few years ago she disliked even the idea of ultra marathons, as she felt they disrespected her accomplishments of running marathons.
Two years ago we ran 50 miles together at Umstead (race report here), and could not imagine taking another step. We were in awe of the people around us doing the full 100 miles, and became enamored with the relaxed, friendly, and somewhat nutty ultra running community.
Since then she has become an even stronger runner, while I have simply run myself into the ground. So I will be hanging out at the park, "crewing" for her. Since the race pretty much provides runners with anything they would desire, I really won't have much to do.
So I started this blog to report and chronicle our experience as the day unfolds. I plan on posting "real time" hourly updates and pictures, not just of Shannon's journey but of the race in general as well.
If I am lucky, I may get some others to contribute to this blog.
|Shannon running (briefly) with one her idols, Jill Perry|