Posts Tagged ‘fitness’

Screenshot (1)


I have to apologize for the delayed posting. I was having difficulties with my iPad not showing the current update this morning and had to wait until I had access to a laptop. So, here it is.

Westbrook’s entire right foot is almost completely blistered. He runs a bit, screams, and walks on. Ughhh. I feel for him. A blistered, tender, sore foot and this heat makes for an extremely miserable time. Not to mention having to run up Sand Mountain at the very end. What a way to end a lengthy, hellacious road race.

Having 266 miles behind him and approaching Pelham, Westbrook has 48 miles remaining. He is holding 29th out of 43 runners. Way to go! Hang in there. Not too much further.


LAVS 2016 – DAY 6 AND 1/2 UPDATE

Westbrook is at mile 250 in Manchester, Tennessee. 64 miles to go! It is 104 degrees with no shade around. He is hanging in there, trying to make it to the finish. Right now, Westbrook is 29th out of 43 screwed runners. Hopefully no more blisters or other major problems. Bring it on home!



Westbrook reported in for this update, however, they did not record his location on the map. He is between numbers 87 and 70. At check-in time, 7:30 this morning, he was at mile 236 just past Wartrace, Tennessee. Another screwed runner dropped out leaving 43 on the road. Westbrook is 27th in that group.

Sometime after this morning’s update, Westbrook called home to check-in as well. No more news on how he is feeling, very tired and a bit delirious I believe. He did report being at mile 239 approaching US 41 where he takes a right to head into Manchester, Tennessee. Last year, Manchester was where he ran into all of his problems. Let us see how it goes this year! Wish him luck!


LAVS 2016 – DAY 5 AND 1/2 UPDATE

At some point in the race, a man was yelling for Vol Staters to come to his fruit stand by the side of the road. Westbrook walked over and said no to every drink the man offered until he mentioned a Yoo-Hoo. Now the man was speaking his language. He also got the best sleep he has had since before the race, last night. He happened into a  place with a couch and took that opportune moment to rest. For dinner this evening Westbrook had a yummy burger to fuel him forward. This all sounds great, right?

Well, now the bad news. Aside from the sweltering heat without reprieve, Westbrook has a badly blistered foot. His right foot has blisters on the ball of his foot and underneath his toes. Ouch! He has another blister on his heel but that one is not bothersome. He had to remove his sock and grease up his foot to continue running, or rather, hobbling along. He is running with a sock and shoe on his left foot and just a shoe on his right foot.

Out of the remaining 44 screwed runners, Westbrook is holding 29th place. He has 222 miles behind him and is approaching Shelbyville. Thus far 19 runners have quit the grueling race. In that 19, 13 were screwed and 9 crewed. May the remaining competitors drag themselves to the finish.



Westbrook is now 26th place with 208 miles in, just past Lewisburg, Tennessee. In Lewisburg the current temperature is 91 degrees but with the humidity it feels like 104 degrees. Oh, God bless! Stay hydrated, runners, and seek shade whenever and wherever you can find it!

Westbrook says he feels terrible and it is incredibly hot out there. He and another runner just finished eating. He is coming into Shelbyville, Tennesee and says the rest of the way is wide open and will be HOT! The runners are all suffering.



Four days down and over halfway there. Westbrook was actually over halfway as of the last update, but I forgot to mention it. At this point 4 more screwed runners have quit. Westbrook is currently 23rd out of 46 remaining screwed runners. He has 181 miles and is past Columbia with one other runner.

The next main area for Westbrook to reach is Culleoka, Tennessee where it is currently 86 degrees but feels like 96 degrees, and the humidity at 72 percent. This afternoon it will reach 94 degrees with a 40 percent chance of rain and thunderstorm. Maybe it will cloud over and rain to cool everyone down a bit.

Screen shot 2014-07-16 at 11.58.36 AM

Screen shot 2014-07-16 at 11.59.14 AM

Westbrook has FINISHED! As he originally hoped for, but thought he would not make it, Richard beat his time from last year finishing a day earlier. Getting older and running faster. Last year his time was 6 days 4 hours 56 minutes 16 seconds and this year it was 5 days 23 hours 49 minutes 59 seconds. Way to go, Richard!

Screen shot 2014-07-16 at 12.22.59 PM

Not only the faster time, Westbrook moved up in position and finished in a place of 8th in a division of 37 (one more dropped out at the end of day 6). Now he just has to get himself home where he will eat a whole bunch of eggs and rest. An article about the race from Richard coming soon.

Screen shot 2014-07-15 at 11.07.35 PM

Screen shot 2014-07-15 at 11.08.04 PM

This is the final update before the finish for Westbrook. He has 279 miles behind him and was approaching Tracy City. Now only 35 miles remaining. He will not rest anymore until he is finished. As of now, Richard is maintaining 11th place in a division of 38 runners. The temperatures have cooled to around 57 degrees giving the runners a tremendous relief. Wish him luck to bring him home.

Screen shot 2014-07-13 at 11.51.05 AM

Screen shot 2014-07-13 at 12.35.13 PM

Having run just past Hohenwald at 146 miles, Richard is almost halfway! At this point, the beginning of day 4, one more runner in the screwed division has dropped out. Now there are 44 runners still competing in Richard’s division. He is in 12th place along with 3 fellow runners. Go Team Westbrook!


Screen shot 2014-07-13 at 11.51.05 AM

Screen shot 2014-07-13 at 11.52.34 AM

Richard is in Linden as of his end of the day check-in for day 3, having covered 125 miles. His position is 17th, along with 7 other runners, in the unsupported (screwed) division. There are a total of 45 runners still competing in the screwed division. Wish him luck to keep going and gaining on people!