(Nov 1, 2014 – Nov 2, 2014)

The 2014 Pinhoti 100 was the last hundred in a year that I ran three.  It was the last race of the Pinhoti Tail Slam.  I’ll write a separate entry on the slam.  The reason I point this out is that I was tired.  Not so much physically, I was mentally exhausted.  I’m assuming that be mentally exhausted affects every person differently, but the way it affected me is with my decision making reasoning both before the race and during the race.

Physically I was in good to great shape.  Obviously, the training I had done to run multiple hundreds already throughout the year had kept me in pretty good shape.  I recall dealing with an injury that forced me to drop my weekly milage for 4-6 weeks and of course my normal summer time suffering due to heat and humidity.  But, mostly I was in good form.  Body weight was light and I was ready.

Packet Pickup Pinhoti 2014

Packet Pickup Pinhoti 2014

At this point, since starting trail running in Feb 2013, I had ran three 100 mile races in the previous 12 months between November 2013 and November 2014.  My first ever 100 miler was the Pinhoti 100 2013. This race would be my fourth.  I ran the first one solo.  After that experience, my running buddies told me I really needed to recruit some help on these events.  With that said, I started learning what it means to crew and pace and how valuable it can be for a longer event.  I started working with my wife to get her schooled up and I found a few friends that were willing to pace.  Martin had ran Double Top 100 and seemed very interested in helping me out at my race.  Since it’s quite a bit harder than Pinhoti it was good that I had him to both crew and pace me at the race.  Also, he started showing my wife how to crew.  I didn’t write a report after the race, but I recently wrote up what I could remember here.

Good Spirits at an Aid Station

Good Spirits at an Aid Station

After Double Top I did a man-cation trip with some other ultra runners that involved a bunch of hiking and running.  I’ve wrote up some details at in the Storm The Castle write up.  That gets me to the fall season where I charge into the season finishing up the races for the Pinhoti Trail Slam.  The next race was Georgia Jewel 100.  It was great race but left me feeling tired.  That catches us up to the current race report.  I was mentally beat.  I wanted to complete the slam but was dreading the race.  The thought of being on my feet for 25-30 hours was hanging over my head.  I was worried I would get blisters the way I did at Georgia Jewel 100.  The way I dealt with these worries in my mental condition is somewhat amusing to me now.

Running on the Pinhoti 2014

I’m sure by this point I’m realizing I’m over dressed for the weather.

Me on the Pinhoti trail... less clothes

Me on the Pinhoti trail… less clothes

I started trying to figure out how to make the run easier.  I thought that carrying more supplies or wearing more clothes would increase my comfort during the event.  So, I started the race wearing way more clothes than I should have been wearing.  I had my running pack full of extra gear.  So, anyone with any experience can predict what happened.  First, I had way to much clothing on.  I immediately started over heating due to the extra layers and I had to figure out ways to carry extra gear.

Left to Right, Me, James (My Crew), Martin, Paul, Cary

Left to Right, Me, James (My Crew), Martin, Paul, Cary

Next, I was packing extra weight.  I hurt more than usual. Oh, I kept moving but only because I was running the Pinhoti Trail Slam series.  If I didn’t have that hanging over my head, I would have DNF’d the race.  I kept moving even when I didn’t want to.  Of course, I was moving slower than ever.  I ended up finishing the race with the slowest Pinhoti time yet.  It was even slower than the previous year when I had no crew and it was my first ever 100.  My crew was awesome.  James Duncan isn’t a rookie when it comes to crewing.  He’s helped out other runners before and he took great care of me.

HTC Mile 85 Aid Station

HTC Mile 85 Aid Station

There’s not much more really to say about this race.  I finished with 27 hours and 34 minutes.  Anytime a runner completes a 100 mile race, they had a great race.  So, I had a great race and I completed the Pinhoti Trail Slam.  WooHoo!

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