With just over a week to go before the big run, I thought I'd take a moment to introduce the amazing friends and family members who will be helping me during the Run 192 adventure.
First up are the four members of the main crew. These hearty souls will be working just about all of the daylight hours (and probably some at night too) in order to make sure I have all the supplies I need along the way (they'll meet me just about every 5 miles along the route):
My parents - Joan and Steve - Crew veterans of many a race in my past - Shown here as they pass the time at the VT100 last year. Who knows if Steve's "Brando" will make another appearance next week.
My beautiful wife, Elizabeth - I'm certain she never expected to say "Do you need more Hammer Gel" as often as she has in the first two months of marriage.
My best friend from college, Amelia - Shown here during her first (and most excellently executed) crew position at Massanutten a couple months back. Amelia is coming up from NYC to serve double duty as both crew member and pacer for a few miles.
Beyond the Main crew, other key players will be joining in the fun over the course of the run as well. My cousin Erin - Shown here after her 19-under course record run at the Maine Marathon last October - will be most likely running the most miles with me than anyone else (I'm going to do my best to coax her into "just one more 5 mile section" more than once out there).
Pulling the all-night graveyard shift the first night will be my brother Erich and his pal Marky. This will be Erich's first time crewing, and since he'll be starting after I've covered 100 miles or so, he'll get to jump right into the fun of taking care of a exhausted and delirious runner.
My good friend Dr. Wade will be up in MA to check in on me as well. This will be her first time seeing me in full-on Zombie mode while running - Same goes for my brother in-law Jeff who may be able to sneak away from work to run a few miles. If anyone else finds themselves up in MA next week and wants to join in on the fun, by all means come along! I'll have a link up on the site during the run so everyone can GPS my current location, so all you need to do is come on out on the course and hop in. I'll definitely enjoy the company, especially at night!
Week Training Log:
Definitely an easy taper week for me as I rest up for the big run. No break from the heat training though, as it's been 95 the past few days here in DC. Odds are the highs during the run in MA will be more like 80-85, so I should be in good shape.
Monday - 8.5 miles - Hains Point Loop
Tuesday - 8.5 miles - Hains Point Loop
Wednesday - Off Day
Thursday - 8.5 miles - Hains Point Loop
Friday - Off Day
Saturday - 8.5 miles - Hains Point Loop
Sunday - 6 miles - Hains Point Loop
Week Total: 40 miles