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Best DNF ever

April 15, 2014

About 46 miles into Saturday’s Mad City 100K, I slowed to a walk.

For a minute or two, walking felt AWESOME! But then even that became difficult, and my race was over. I got a ride from the arboretum aid station to the start/finish area, reported my status to the race director, and took shelter in a friend’s vehicle.

It was a disappointing outcome, to be sure, but it felt different than my past racing failures (e.g., Mad City 2008). This time I was more ready to accept the result, less worried about whether it was “fair” or avoidable. I began the race aware that it would be hard to reach my very specific goal of breaking 7:20; I took my shot; and I came up short. It’s a shame, but it’s no Greek tragedy.

Thanks to everyone who helped me get to this point. And congratulations to the Mad City finishers, especially women’s winner Pam Smith and the five (!) men (Zach Bitter, Joe Binder, Nick Accardo, Jim Sweeney, Kevin Grabowski) who did go under 7:20.

One comment

  1. A nice, “mature” summation, Greg. I think you were smart to cut your losses when you saw you weren’t going to make your goal and were losing steam fast, especially as you had to get on a plane that very night. Scott relayed to me on the phone that you told Leila you may not try for any more ultras, but who knows?

    Love the post-engagement pictures just posted on facebook.

    Am at Mom’s and enjoying the springlike weather, though tonight and tomorrow night we may very well have frost!!



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