Another year — and another Not Yo Momma’s 100 race. This one tho —- was a little bit different. I was getting comfortable with the idea that, well, this race just isn’t my race. That perhaps at this time in my life – I don’t really have the time to train or the drive to complete NYM100. I was honestly not going to sign up this year until Rob messaged me and urged me to. Rob and Angie are awesome, so really; how could I say no! This time tho, I thought I’ll sign up for the 100k, and depending on how I felt – finish the 100k and continue on and complete the 100m distance, regardless of whether or not it actually counted.
Training for this one actually went pretty damn well. I trained quite a bit with my friends and Cato and also a lot with Christa who was also training for her own races (She’s much more badass than I am so she trains much harder! lol). We logged tons of miles, but also had fun while doing it!
I felt pretty well prepared for this attempt. Christa knew what my goals were for this and she isn’t one to give up easily so I had a feeling she wasn’t going to let me quit. This feeling was solidified by her writing her phone number on my bib with instructions to call her if I attempted to drop!
Like all my NYM attempts this one started out pretty well. And like all my other NYM attempts it turned sour around the 50k mark. I don’t know how many times I’ve said, “50k is a respectable distance!” So when I came back to the S/F attempt #1 to drop was made. Neither Christa nor Rob nor Angie was having it tho.
Christa suited up and we were off again. S/F (aid station #1) to the A/S #2 isn’t too bad. From A/S#2 to A/S#3 though? Pure hell for me – every single time. It is a long lonely stretch of about 8 miles. This section has broken me every time. This time was no different. We finally made it there, I sat on the bench shaking and feeling broken. We sat there for quite a bit but Christa got me moving again tho and we were off. That wasn’t before one of the aid station workers mentioned something about bears being out there — needless to say I didn’t find it as funny as he did! I don’t think we did much running at this point. Christa kept trying to get me moving faster, I kept telling her we had 32hrs to finish this race! We got back to S/F and I swore I was done. I took my pack off and told everyone that was it. Christa gave them different instructions tho. Changed my shirt, changed my shorts, fed me some food and somehow managed to get me back out! I was chafing like crazy and at one point even took my shorts off and ran that way for a bit to see if it helped. My stomach was also rocked. I could barely stand up straight many times. Christa affectionately refereed to it as my “demon baby” which at one point she was standing next to me and actually heard it rumbling in my stomach! Unbelievably we were completing my last loop. This was uncharted territory for me on this course and we were “crushing” it (in my opinion anyways, lol). We came upon the last aid station before S/F and there were two giant FEET! Well — Anne and Lauren dressed up in feet costumes cranking out music! I think they were excited about me finishing this one as well – they’ve watched this race break me several times already! It was right about this time when they started playing “Baby Got Back” and we had a dance party! Onward we went!!! We finally made it across the finish line in 24hrs13min11sec!
Thanks to Rob and Angie and all the volunteers again for putting on such an amazing event! Thanks to my family and friends for putting up with me and thanks to my amazing girlfriend Christa – without whom I would never have completed NYM. I know I am missing a ton of people and I apologize!
Unfortunately this is the last year that Rob/Angie will be putting on NYM100. However they are hosting a new race — one that I juuuuuust may have to register for!