I shower, sleep some, then head back out to the rock. John Sands is talking with Laz and Carl. It is a great couple of hours, until the wind picks up and the temps drop. We get to see Jeff McGonnell finish and we know that Ed, Marcia and Tim are making their way up the mountain, but I am ready to get back to the room and sleep some more. I give all three a hearty wave and honk as I meet them on the way down Sand Mountain. Marcia smiles.
At the room, I start scanning TV channels. I can’t handle the news channels, and the religious channels aren’t doing it for me, nor are the merchandise channels. I come across a view of the McD’s, Krystal, and convenience store just down from the motel, with a radio station playing in the background. Perfect! (I even see a runner making his way through to the McD’s on the screen!!)
Stu was right:
In many ways, despite the blistering and the heat, it was easier this year
There were no demons, and there was very little temptation to quit
Tt was more of a get-together than a race, though I did entertain hopes for doing better than I did
It was the people I met along the way that got me through this, from
– Abi and her advice about my stomach
– Marcia and John Sands and their knowledge about treating blisters
– the generosity of Marcio, Dan and Rita in Dresden
– the road angels and wonderrful people along the way
– the runners I met in passing, and those I had conversations with via Facebook or texting
– to Laz, Carl and Jan whom
I seldom saw or talked to, but who were there if I needed them
– to Laura and my children, whose texts and phone conversations kept me headed towards the rock
– and Stu himself, the one who gave me the insights I needed to get through this.
(I just wish I’d paid more careful attention to that blister part.)
July 10 – 16, 2014
The Fellowship of Suffering – Aftermath Brad is torn between hanging around to congratulate other who finish and getting some sleep. And when he decides on sleep, it does not come easily.
The Fellowship of Suffering – Aftermath Brad tries to rest after finishing the race. To see more photos of the race and people in the race, go to bradcompton.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-fellowship-of-suffering.html