It was 19 degrees at the start with a wind chill of 6 degrees through 3 to 4 inches of fresh snow a majority of the way. It felt like running on the beach for 26.2 miles which wore us out. BUT there was zero possibility that I was not going to go the distance. I told Michelle I would still be out doing it even if there was a foot of snow and 20 below. That's how much this means to me.
My original plan for the run was to beat my 3:08 time from the Potato Marathon in May. After about 5 steps Derek and I knew that would never happen so we just embraced the snow and cold and tried to have fun.
Today was also the Western States 100 lottery. I have put my name in for 3 years and I told my wife I am turning off my phone so no one can text me. I also told her that if someone sends a text to her I didn't want to know if I got in or not. I went so far as to tell her not to even appear happy or I would know I got in!
After I finished, Michelle said I know you didn't want to know but the best way to receive good news is among friends! YOU GOT INTO WESTERN STATES! It was the perfect way to end a wonderful day with her, Christie, and Derek.
26.22 mi 4:04 09:17 pace