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'His 5 hour energy drink timed out. If only he had taken it 3 seconds later.'

THE RACE IS OVER for Richard Westbrook. Finishing 38th of 59 in his division and 44th overall of 88 initial, total runners. 15 quit the race all at different times and locations. At this point, well after Westbrook’s finish, there are 15 runners remaining on the road (10 of them in his screwed division).

Westbrook completed the deathly hot, very hilly, 314 miles in 8d 00:44:24 – 8 days 44 minutes and 24 seconds. He started the race with hamstring pain and hoping it would at least diminish if not disappear all together, he struggled with it the whole way through to the finish. In compensating for that pain, he planted differently than normal and now has some foot pain on the opposite side. We have also discovered a rash here and there, which is to be expected, and many bites (chiggers?) all over, eww!

All in all he finished and with everything going on, that is saying A LOT! The old man rarely ever gives up, just when his body absolutely makes him. Now it is time to deal with the post race issues…fun stuff!

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NUMBER 67 – Tied for 40th of 59 screwed runners, along with 2 other people, Westbrook has finished 303 miles and is at Blue Bridge in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. As of this point, another runner in the unsupported division has quit. Actually she quit a while ago and headed home but everyone was unaware until now. HE WILL FINISH TODAY! This was his 730am check-in.

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Map of the course, all 314 miles of it. The tombstones are all locations where people have dropped out of the race. Then there is Oprah (not exactly sure what that is all about), a turtle, and all the runners.

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NUMBER 67 – After 180 hours on the steaming hot road, Westbrook is at Steve’s house and conquered 295 miles.

********* ONLY 19 MILES TO GO *********

He is 37th place in a division of 60 insane people running without any support the entire race. Now he just has to drag himself to the finish line at The Rock. Having accomplished such an amazing feat most people kiss the rock at the end. He may do so, but then I am not so sure he will be able to get up afterward.

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NUMBER 67 – 168 hours in, Richard has made it almost all the way to the finish. He has made it through 273 miles and is approaching Monteagle. This will be a slower portion of the race having to crawl over that mountain.

Westbrook maintains 37th of the now 60 screwed runners left straggling to the finish.

 

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No map posted for me to note where Westbrook and all other runners are on that lonely road. I do have the stats to report that he has 253 miles behind him and is located past Manchester, note the big thumbs up on the map.

61 MILES TO GO!

Despite the sleep deprivation and delirium he is “movin’ on up” into 36th of the 62 screwed runners. So close to that finish line, AKA The Rock!

 

NUMBER 67 – I have to make a correction. For the last update at 132 hours I reported that there were 61 runners left in the screwed category, in fact there were 62. One competitor was grayed out and I missed him in my count. So, then and even now, there are 62 screwed runners with Westbrook holding 38th position. He has 238 miles accomplished and is past Wartrace, Tennessee.

We are in the countdown now, 76 MILES REMAINING! If he continues as he has been with this pace, he will finish one day prior to the cut-off. He can do this! He has the grit and fortitude of a wild animal at times and the determination of no other that I know. Stay with him in prayers and encouragement. If the heat alone does not kill off the runners so many other obstacles out there might. Stay tuned…

 

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NUMBER 67 – Less than 100 miles remaining for the old man! He called in tonight and let me know that he was having a hamburger. His side/back pain has diminished from all the Gatorade he consumed. He occasionally feels it returning and pounds more Gatorade for the electrolytes, and it subsides yet again. Unfortunately, the hamstring tightness has not left him. His quote for this year’s race, “I am just dragging my leg behind me.”

He said he was in Shelbyville, Tennessee when he called , but the race check-in has him at mile 217 and past Lewisburg. Maybe he is between Lewisburg and Shelbyville. Thus far, the screwed (runners competing without any support) division has 61 runners and Richard is 40th.

He has always finished under the allotted time frame. He is just running to finish now. It will be close, but he can still make it!