The race began at 6am Sat 4 Feb 2017. I felt fairly confident that I would finally complete a 100 mile race as this was my fourth attempt and my second here at the Rocky Raccoon in Huntsville, Texas. Of course, finishing a 100 mile 30 hour timed trail race is not an easy task as many factors are involved just to reach the finish line.
Last year I DNFd (Did Not Finish) at mile 80 with 18 hours in. It was midnight and 33 degrees and I already made it up in my mind that I was done. The last 30 miles are more mental as your physical body has already broken down and is trying to get your attention lol. This year I slowed my pace down to ensure that I would have a little bit more energy to finish strong and I did by speeding up my last split versus the one before.
I was lucky enough not to fall this time even though I came close many times! Those tree roots love to come out at night – I kept making up a song about it “The Roots come out at night – the roots come out at niiiggghhhttt!” lol… and those pine needles love to hide em…
I do have to say that running with the cross and American Flag on loop 2 was awesome and reminded me as to why I run.
Many asked me “Are you running the whole 100 miles with all that?” lol no I only did it one 20 mile loop during the day – definitely didn’t want to disrespect old glory in the night.
And of course many ask why. First and foremost, for Jesus as he died on the cross for our sins and secondly for our Veterans and first responders as they put their lives on the line for our freedoms and safety everyday!
God bless the American soldier and our law enforcement officers/first responders!
As the race moved into the nighttime hours, you suddenly notice that many have either dropped out of the race or have finished. So you begin running alone and may not see another runner for quite some time. This is where the mental barrier sets in. I begin to think of these things:
- Jesus – talked to him many times
- how blessed we really are as a nation to be able to have and do the things we want
- our Veterans fighting for our freedoms
- law enforcement/first responders keeping us safe
- how I still have the energy to keep pushing forward 8)
I also made it a point to run for a cause before I started the race. Our church (Cornerstone Church) in San Antonio, Texas pastored by John Hagee and Matthew Hagee are building a facility for unwed mothers and orphans with a focus on Christian education. I decided to donate money for each mile I ran so this definitely was a motivator for me to finish the 100 miles! Below is some information on the facility and if you would like to donate, the mothers and children would really appreciate that! Thank you all that have donated and/or just simply share this post! Visit SOHcares.org to donate and for more information on how you can help.
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. https://www.bible.com/bible/1/luk.6
“We preach against abortion, but in addition to taking a stand against this practice, we must also provide an alternative answer for these young mothers who at times feel they have no other options when they find themselves in seemingly impossible circumstances. We need to give them, and their unborn children, a viable option for their collective futures, and Sanctuary of Hope plans on being just that.
Visualize the Sanctuary of Hope with the following components: one—an unwed mother’s facility where young pregnant women who choose against abortion can reside until their baby is born. The child could then be adopted by a Godly family of proven character or raised in, two—the Sanctuary of Hope orphanage; a state of the art facility located in the San Antonio area. And the third component is world-class educational facilities including dormitories which will enable these children and other qualified students from around America to attend Cornerstone Christian Schools—one of the finest Christian schools in the nation.
Partner with us help build a Sanctuary of Hope where deserving children can reach their divine potential and become righteous leaders for the future of America and the world.” ~JHM Ministries
Here is a video detailing this great upcoming facility:
I was so excited to cross that finish line in just over 28 hours (28:14:33).
Thank you to the race director Chris McWatters at Tejas Trails for putting on such a great race as usual!
And of course thank you to all the volunteers and aid stations! Those KFC buckets though 8)
Till next time! Peace and may God Bless You!