|Up we go. Photo courtesy of Heather Gannoe
|Top of the first section of the ascent after the cutoff. I MADE THE CUTOFF!!!|
I was really worried about making the cutoff. Luckily for me, despite saying 11:30, they seemed to have adjusted the cutoff to be 2:30 hours from the time your wave started. I made it, with mere minutes to spare. I had just enough time to get some fruit, refill my pack, rinse my hands, and get back on the course. I never got a photo of the view from the Summit House but it was beautiful. The volunteer at the top told me if I hurried, I should catch a pair of females who were just ahead of me. That running together keeps you motivated. So I moved, as fast as I could. I finally caught up to them!
Heidi, Marie, and Cat. What amazing people. I had a great time with them. Heidi was struggling, so I did what I do best. I figured out where she was hurting, helped get her moving, rubbed out her butt, and got her to smile. Marie was moving slowly as she had rolled her ankle, bad enough to slow her down but not so bad she didn’t make the cutoff! Cat was amazing. Turns out we have mutual friends. After staying with them for quite a while, I had to keep moving as my legs were wanting to tighten up. I could hear them off and on and when I came in to the last aid station, signaling we had two miles to go, I was able to see them come in. Heidi, despite her pain, was adamant that she was going to finish. I had to hug her before moving on again.
|The LAST tiny bit of downhill before rounding the corner to the finish!|
Luckily they took off not much later and we were able to semi stay together the rest of the race. Coming down the last hill together and seeing the finish line. We all dug deep and gave everything we had left to give. My friends cheering at the finish and willing to hug my sweaty nasty self was amazing. Thank you all for the support. I cannot wait for next year.
|WE DID IT!|
My official results! 429. Hannah Hawley, 33, VT 5:51:23 out of 434 finishers, 471 started.
|Recovery #chocolatemilk with my 7 Sisters hat. That pattern? That’s the elevation!|