October 12, 2019
It has been eight days since my DNF at the fall version of Heartland 50. I will keep this report short.
My mind was elsewhere and my body was unprepared. I called it a day at mile 25.57 and went home to see my family. I’d been pretty busy lately and hadn’t spent enough quality time at home. That needed remedied more than I needed another finisher award.
My phone blowing up with work issues simply exacerbated my desire to not be out there all day long.
This was the first/only ultra so far that I’ve done without staying in a hotel the night before. I don’t believe that was a factor in my DNF, but it certainly didn’t help the stress levels having to get up at 3:30 and hit the road at 4.
Here are a few selfies I took during the day:
Here are some shots of the course:
Here are some shots of the singular most ridiculous shirt I’ve ever seen at a race event of any kind:
Seriously. I wish that was a joke, but it isn’t. I can’t even begin to understand that one.
Mile 90 Photography was out there once again and once again, did a phenomenal job. Despite the DNF, I really enjoyed these photos:
And here is what apparently happens to your bib when you get a DNF:
Probably shouldn’t have signed up for this one to begin with, but I was stubborn and wanted to give it a go. My next ultra will have to wait until 2020 — almost certainly the new one I’m hosting and will also run — AlfaDog 40.
Next up: Spooky Sprint Half Marathon — Sun, Oct 27 — Kansas City, MO