Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Shooting for 100, and a WS100 update

It was a nice day for a run. Surprisingly cool at 73 degrees, it was a little hazy and overcast with a fairly strong north wind. Even though it was a bit breezy, the cooler temperatures made up for it.

Lots of bird activity today; mallards, Canada geese with their babies, cardinals, red-winged blackbirds, and the pied-billed grebes were out and about. Even the birds were enjoying this beautiful summer day.

I ran a little longer than normal today, extending my usual route to 5 miles. I realized that if I added a few more footsteps to my last scheduled runs in June, I would top 100 miles for the month for the first time since last September!

Speaking of 100 miles, I read some news articles about last weekend's Western States 100. Poor Brian Morrison from Seattle, WA. He was the first runner to cross the finish line, however he was stripped of the title due to a rules infraction . Morrison was staggering and fell several times in the last 1/4 mile. His crew apparently helped him to his feet each time, which is a violation because the only place a runner can receive aid is at an aid station. The title was subsequently given to Graham Cooper, the guy who finished second to Morrison.

How bad would that suck? You just ran 99 miles and change faster than anyone else, and you get DQ’ed with the finish line in sight. Wow, what a bummer! Despite the fact the the crew broke the rules, the race officials actually praised them because their helping him got him to the medical tent faster and could have prevented a life-threatening seizure. Yikes!

(And no, Mom, I am not thinking of entering this race someday....you can relax.) :)

Until next time,

Jean
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