Two years ago this weekend, I escaped the Leadville Trail 100 Miler by the skin of my teeth in 29:56:10 barely beating the 30 hour cut off.
I made the last 5 cutoffs from mile 40 to the finish by 1-5 minutes. The last cutoff (Mayqueen) before the finish (mi 87) I reached just by 74 seconds.
It's a much longer story with a good bit of drama but the bottom line is I never gave up and kept emptying the tank from one checkpoint to the next to stay alive in the race and with the Grand Slam of 100s I was running that summer (Western, Vermont, Leadville, Wasatch). I threw #Badwater135 into the middle of the Slam and called it #SlamWater. ---
The whole summer would have been ruined if I timed out or didn't finish Leadville. I did the math at mile 60 and deemed it impossible with my heavily labored breathing from the altitude and my angry asthma. ---
Never give up and best of luck to everyone running #LT100 this weekend. #RunItFast