Now that the dust (and my kidney issue) has settled from the race in France, I have some debts to pay up!
First off, in the contest to predict my total miles run in Brive, Ric Munoz from Van Nuys, CA was the big winner having guessed the lowest total of anyone (which I obviously didn't even come close to with my lame 13-hour, 91 mile effort). Ric won the special prize from the race, which I can't reveal here due to possible legal ramifications, but trust me when I say it's a great prize!
In other 'Fallout from Dan's Crappy Run' news, I also lost my bet with teammate Jamie Donaldson, and she showed no mercy in what I have to do to pay it off:
Mohican 100 miler in a couple weeks. The good news is, it's surprisingly comfortable! The bad news will depend heavily on how the "locals" react to the sight of me running by out there in the woods of Ohio. I'm optimistic though!
In terms of the actual race, I'm wise enough to know I need to take it a little easy on my body after what I went through at the World Championships. Having seen first-hand what happened to teammate Jill Perry in France after she tried to come back a little too soon from her bout with rhabdo after the Umstead 100, I know I need to dial things back a bit and just enjoy the trails of the Mohican course. I did the same thing at the Viaduct 100 last summer when I was first coming back from a long lay-off, and quite frankly I really enjoyed myself out there...it was possibly the most fun I've had in any 100 miler. There's a world of difference between running a 16-hour 100 miler and a 19-hour 100 miler (hint: 19-hour run involves a lot less pain!), and I'm definitely heading into Mohican with a 19-hour mentality. ...I just hope everyone who sees me in that skirt has a positive and kind mentality themselves!