The past month I ran two back to back 100 mile races - I do not think I will make a habit of it, but did it for these reasons:
1. I LOVE FALL!!!! I was able to not only enjoy the peak of Fall in where I live in New York, but was able to follow it backwards to the peak in Pennsylvania and then the peak in Alabama. And how lucky to have two races with perfect weather and perfect colors.
2. Testing Udo's Oil and the recovery benefits. I can say, its working. I've been taking it everyday for about 6 weeks now and can see the benefits of recovery (although I am not going to push the limits too much....!).
3. To enjoy being MENTALLY back in the game! It's so good to have the happy chatter in my head that was missing for awhile (relative that is....as you read below, there were moments!)- we all go through the up and down waves in our training, life, so on and so on. Oh, how wonderful it is, when the wave is up and its all "clicking again". Wooohooo, I will savor this!
OK - and now for the Pinhoti race report:
I have alot of respect for the race director Todd Henderson and his wife Jamie Henderson for organizing a point to point. That is hard and that is why they are not as common as loop 100's. All the aid stations, trail markings, transporting of people....lots of work. Pinhoti is predominately on single track trail even harder to manage. The trail was challenging - over rocks (covered with lots of leaves!), over creeks, up mountains but oh... lots of beauty.
I am so thankful for Todd who mentioned to the aid stations about my celiacs - allergy to gluten/wheat. My lovely food allergy has messed up plenty of races for me. So.... aid station 3, a woman named Mercy called out my name - and WHAT A SURPRISE - she had gluten free brownies, rice krispie treats, pretzels, broth....I just went crazy with the food! I think I shoved about 10 lbs of food in my pack (a bit exaggerated) for the the journey on . Never have I seen a gluten free aid station. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
And then, back to solitude. The day time flew by pretty fast. There was another runner named Phil, who I was playing leap frog with from mile 40 0n. That is the only other runner I saw for the rest of the race.