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JULY 28, 2015 (TUESDAY)

On the Silver Comet Trail this morning for 10.6 miles.  The SCT is one of my favorite running venues in the Atlanta area.  And, it’s not very crowded on a weekday morning.  I ran in the old Brooks Glycerin 9’s which now have 2500+ miles on them…still feeling good, but I can tell that the days for long runs in them are over.  Will they reach 3000 miles?  I think so…in small doses.

I think I’m still recovering from the Vol-State Road Race in which I crashed and burned picking up a DNF (Did Not Finish.)  That was on the heels of a debacle of a finish in the Peach State 300 in May which hit me hard physically and mentally.  In fact, if it wasn’t for my daughter, Season, being with me and helping me in the Peach State over the last 15 miles…I might still be there trying to finish.

I didn’t want to feel that way again, especially in the Vol-State.  But, I could feel it coming on after 250 miles. However, the big problem then was in my back with the lower back hurting with increasing pain with every few steps.  So, I decided to stop…to race again another day.  It’s just that a “DNF” is hard to swallow, especially in one of my favorite races.

I did wear the Altra Paradigm 1.5’s in their first race.  The shoes from a somewhat revolutionary company (based on evolutionary physiology) performed very well.  They held up well…better than the Hoka Clifton’s I had used in the Peach State 300.

So, the good run on the SCT had me thinking of trying to get my running through the recovery and feel good for the next race coming up.  I have a couple of problems to solve that I will be working on in training.  One is biomechanical.  The other, I think, is related to electrolyte levels in the long run.  Hopefully, I can solve those before the next race.

The next race is probably going to be “A Race for the Ages” on Labor Day weekend.  It will be a 24-hour run with some handicapping for those over 60 years of age (me.)

*Richard Westbrook


Posted: July 23, 2015 by smrtnsasy in Race Reports
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Vol State final location for Westbrook

Vol State final location for Westbrook

OK, folks, here you go..the final update for Vol State. In Westbrook’s words he, “crashed and burned.” In reality, he was doing well with fewer breaks than in prior years and moving right along. He took a break in Manchester, TN to wait out a storm and eat a little. Not sure if it was gradual or all of a sudden but the back pain hit (similar but different than Peach State 300). He ran a little further out but continued to feel shooting pain with every step he took, so he had to walk back into Manchester.

He finished with a completion of 257 miles. There remained 57 miles to go until the end of the race. We had to pick him up as the storm made it’s way to our house and knocked out all of the power and internet for a little too long. So, after running so far and ending in pain, he had to come back to a house with no power.

Vol State day 5, 24 hour check-in, Westbrook's location

Vol State day 5, 24 hour check-in, Westbrook’s location

As of the end of day 5, Westbrook has covered 227 miles and is past Shelbyville, TN. He has slipped into 12th place in the screwed division consisting of 45 other runners. Overall, the crewed and unsupported runners total 61 with Westbrook holding 16th place. Only 87 miles to go until the FINISH!

Vol State day 5, 12 hour check-in, Westbrook's location

Vol State day 5, 12 hour check-in, Westbrook’s location

Day 5 and Westbrook maintains 9th place out of 45 unsupported competitors. He has completed 212 miles and is past Lewisburg, TN. Just over 100 miles to go. Keep it up, Westbrook. We are cheering you on.

Vol State day 4, 24 hour check-in, Westbrook's location

Vol State day 4, 24 hour check-in, Westbrook’s location

Westbrook is definitely feeling better and moving along. He has covered 193 miles and is just past Culleoka, TN. In the screwed (unsupported) division he is holding 9th place. Way to go!

Vol State day 4, 12 hour check-in, Westbrook's location

Vol State day 4, 12 hour check-in, Westbrook’s location

In the screwed division, Westbrook is holding 12th place with one other runner. More unsupported runners dropped out of the race…4 more to be exact for a new total of 45. At this point, Westbrook is past Hampshire, TN with 170 miles behind him. Less than halfway to go, yay!

Vol State day 3, 24 hour check-in, Westbrook's location

Vol State day 3, 24 hour check-in, Westbrook’s location

After 3 days complete, Westbrook is taking a break in Hohenwald, TN with 144 miles behind him. He had some difficult times, only being able to keep some V8 juice down and vomiting anything else up. I am sure the heat tends to get to everyone out there suffering through it. The heat index today is going to be 105 degrees. 4 more screwed runners have quit leaving a total of 49. Westbrook is currently 16th place tied with 3 other people. Pray he makes it along in the extreme heat today without any more issues.