So, as I write I am waiting on a race report from the infamous HB! Take a look at my last post here to see what I am talking about.
My brother is running in the inaugural Ultra Race Never Summer 100k (as we speak) and my last update has me hopeful of a finish. My first report from HB was at 2.04pm (EST in these here United States) and was this: “He’s headed for this mountain range first. I’m going to bike to Agnes Lake and try to see him at mile 10. The first aid station I can help at is mile 18. I’ll send updates as I can, but there is extremely limited service and I expect that this course is going to be very slow (I’m not expecting him to finish before midnight) with over 13k of elevation gain”
The thing you always want to know first and foremost is how the runner is feeling and looking. That says it all, and from what I read from a quick email to keep myself and everyone else on the list abreast, was that Seán was feeling good: “Just saw him at mile 21 and he was looking great”
What a relief. Now I could get on with vacuuming worry-free! Yes, I was cleaning my house while he was out there somewhere in the Never Summer mountain range in Colorado.
I ran 10 miles in solidarity this morning to feel close and to share some of his pain. This was a joke however as I was running on relatively smooth surfaces with a few hills sprinkled in, while he negotiated overgrown and tree-strewn logging roads, steep mountain passes, waist-high flowers and mud! I have been moving slowly all day after my trek and now here I sit at 12.38am and he is still out there with a light on his head somewhere around mile 55 plugging away (or so I’m hoping).
I got a great update at mile 29.4. Seán looked in control and happy to see his crew. I have crewed for him a few times and know 100% that the aid station is what keeps him moving forward. He gets to eat, hug his friends and family and get that much-needed emotional support he will need to get him up that next steep climb.
This time around he is lucky to have his amazing girlfriend out there pretty much keeping him alive while all he has to think about is running, and his friend Jay also showed up and is on hand for anything and everything.
So here I am close to 1am (11pm Mountain time) waiting on some more news. Did he make it to that next Aid station……is he still smiling?
I am hopeful that everything is going well and am sending out all the good vibes I can muster for a strong and happy finish. Will let you know…
*FYI – all these great pictures were taken today by HB – quite the Photojournalist!*