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(L)Oops! We Did It Again - Vermont 100 on 100

ocrunnergirl

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Last year I was a last minute substitute on the 100 on 100 team. After successfully completing my 16 miles I was so happy and excited that I volunteered to captain the 2019 team.

We had ELEVEN individuals who wanted to be on the team! 11! That’s how much fun this relay is. I put out an email asking for 5 people to send me money to cover the entrance fee.... I received 6 payments. Derp. Suddenly we had more members than allowed.

I tried to be brave and rationalize that it would be fine if I wasn’t on the team. “You’ll be in the middle of moving.” “You’ve got a 3 day race coming up in October so it’ll be good to save the cash.” 

My mind wasn’t listening to the BS. Sometime in May or June GonzoRunner said the Wife wasn’t going to be able to run due to the fact that she was growing a tiny human. I took her spot so fast . It was like a smash and grab job.

I volunteered to pick up Gonzo from the Newark Airport on the Friday before the race. KRG was having a serious case of FOMO and messaged me and asked if there’d be room for her. “Absopositively!!”

So our team was:

Leg 1,7,13 - Mrs. Bear in the Big Brown House— ie. Paige - a last minute fill in for Amber. Paige is F-A-S-T!

Leg 2,8,14 - was the new guy Mikey — as in “ask Mikey! He’ll like running up Killington!” - GonzoRunner

Leg 3,9,15 - ApplePie

Leg 4,10,16 - Bear in the Big Brown House - ie. Pat

Leg 5,11,17 - SlowRunning

Leg 6,12,18 - ME!!

#1 Cheerleader/Domestique Extrodonaire - KeepRunningGirl

I picked up KRG and GR from the Newark airport on Friday afternoon around 2:00. We promptly hit traffic. A 4.5 hour trip took us about 5.5. My dream of sitting on the beautiful deck of our AirBnb was dashed.

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SR was already at the house. Paige, Pat and AP were running late. We all met up at The Garlic for some pre-race fuel. I’m pretty sure GR was pretty tired of us saying “Remember when...” and then bursting into laughter, but he was a good sport about it.

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After dinner KRG cursed the AirBnb owner because they only had a Keurig machine with DECAF k-cups. Everyone went to sleep agreeing that we needed to get the start earlier than our prescribed 8:30 am start time.

At packet pick up AP and I asked/pleaded to start at 8:00 rather than 8:30. We were told no due to congestion at the transition areas. AP being the rule breaker he is (drinking alcohol as a passenger in a moving vehicle ... oh wait! This isn’t breaking the law in Conneticut!! (Or DE, or 2 other states! Who knew!!) decided that we should just go out with the 8:00 am people.

We got a group photo before sending Paige on her way.

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We didn’t make the rookie mistake that we did the 1st year and leave transition. We had GR in position before motoring off to cheer him on.

Offered to ApplePie during his run:

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I’m hoping others will write their race reports (I’m looking at you SR, AP, GR and KRG!) so we’ll skip to my legs. I was running the same legs I had the previous year so I had a better idea what to expect.

Leg 6 climb - 558 feet. You run up a smallish hill and then free fall down a WAY too steep hill just to climb back up. SR slapped the bracelet onto me and I was off. I was feeling good and knew just run the leg my way. I ran up the first hill and then had to brake down the back side because it was so f-ing  steep! On the way back up the hill called the Big Dog Hill I ran when I could and walked when needed. I made up the time when the road flattened out. 9:17 pace for 5.58 miles. I’ve gotten somewhat better at running hills.

I slapped the bracelet onto Paige and she was off!

Waiting for Pat to come in....I swear my arms aren’t as big as they look...I think...

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Our usual waterfall picture 

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The only way we are ever going to have a covered bridge picture unless SR gives up this leg.

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Leg 12 was as flat as Vermont can be 252’ elevation gain. I was worried about using the POP before SR came in. Last year I didn’t get a chance to use it before taking off and my colon is just dumb...really dumb. You’ve heard of stage fright, right? Well, my colon has racing fright.

I managed to zip into the POP before SR came in. Only #1 successful. Sigh.

SR slapped that bracelet on me and by now the band was squishy and slimy from the sweat. Ewww! I charged off, feeling good because I knew it was relatively flat - which suits me just fine! I had a few kills. I came on a runner who was obviously struggling . I got ready to pass her when a pickup truck pulling a full sized camper passed a slower car! He passed within 12” of us! The girl said if her heart was spiking before it definitely was now! It was so irresponsible of that driver. 5.12 @ 9:07

I got to transition just as the skies were changing. A few drops of rain had started to fall. The skies were rumbling. I slapped  the band onto Paige and she was off on her uphill climb. Let’s just say poor, poor Paige...but she actually enjoyed it!

By the time SR was on his final leg we were behind our expected finish time by 30 minutes or so. Race officials were at transition saying you wouldn’t be able to finish if our runner wasn’t in by 11:30. I threw out the suggestion that if SR was okay running his leg after we stopped and rehydrated him that we drive to transition and I would start early. The team was in agreement and SR said he was good with the plan so our van drove to the transition area 15 minutes before SR ran in.

I asked KRG if she wanted to run with me. She jumped at the chance. We were so thankful that she had been there for us ALL damn day! It’s hard remembering that you need to refuel your runner midway. In the past Christine.Eliz and Jen.m.Yee have done this. KRG was most certainly MVP!

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KRG and I set off into the night after checking in and making sure the transition volunteer knew our plan. My colon was rearing it’s ugly head. I can’t even explain. If KRG wasn’t there I probably would have made a dash for the woods! Lol. On the uphills I made her walk and then on the downhills I’d pull ahead. I was SO happy when we hit the final turn into the Okemo parking lot!! KRG and I were chugging along when suddenly a van started to back up right into me! I slammed my hand on the rear of the van and yelled. Thankfully I didn’t get squished by them!

We charged up to the entrance yelling out our team # “180 180!” because it was pitch black! AP, SR, GR, Paige and Pat all followed KRG and I into the finish. 4.89 @ 10:12 pace with 386’ of elevation.

Best feeling ever!

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And yes, we’ve already signed up for next year!

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Had my own experience with Vermont hills in May. Ick. And of course I'm going to New Hampshire now for more punishment. What a dope. Maybe I should start getting some stair work in since I'm not really doing any hills lately.

This VT100 thing has turned into quite the tradition.

Be proud of those guns, my friend.

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Looks like you all have so much fun doing this every year! It would just about be the perfect length relay for me. We have the Bourbon Chase here and it's twice as long and just too many hours in a van for my taste. 

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Best title I’ve seen lately! Also sounds like an amazing experience. 

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I look forward to reading about this every year! If I'm ever living back on the East coast....

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On 8/29/2019 at 10:31 PM, CompulsiveRunner said:

So many of my favorite people - all in one van! 

We could make room for you...

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On 8/30/2019 at 8:48 AM, Dave said:

Had my own experience with Vermont hills in May. Ick. And of course I'm going to New Hampshire now for more punishment. What a dope. Maybe I should start getting some stair work in since I'm not really doing any hills lately.

This VT100 thing has turned into quite the tradition.

Be proud of those guns, my friend.

Being on our team would’ve been good training for you!

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On 8/30/2019 at 10:14 AM, MichaelV said:

Looks like you all have so much fun doing this every year! It would just about be the perfect length relay for me. We have the Bourbon Chase here and it's twice as long and just too many hours in a van for my taste. 

Yes, it’s definitely the perfect length! Wake up in your bed, run some miles, sleep in your bed. No overnight van sleeping FTW!

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Great looking group! Good thing that band didnt have to go around your biceps or it would have bounced of!! Lol!

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9 hours ago, skinnyLLegs said:

Great looking group! Good thing that band didnt have to go around your biceps or it would have bounced of!! Lol!

Are you trying to say me arms are as big as your skinnyLLegs??

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This was SO MUCH FUN!!!!  Running the last leg with you was icing on the cake!!! 

Also, you reminded me that I have a half written half rr waiting for me to finish it.

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Nothing like peer pressure - I'll try to fit a RR in this week.  I'm already looking forward to 100 on 100 in 2020!  Great race OC, and kudos on the awesome house you found for us!  See you next year! 

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On 9/3/2019 at 12:36 PM, Keep Running Girl said:

This was SO MUCH FUN!!!!  Running the last leg with you was icing on the cake!!! 

Also, you reminded me that I have a half written half rr waiting for me to finish it.

We had to make it fun so you would be captain next year! LOL. Good luck on the GMATs!

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22 hours ago, Slow_Running said:

Nothing like peer pressure - I'll try to fit a RR in this week.  I'm already looking forward to 100 on 100 in 2020!  Great race OC, and kudos on the awesome house you found for us!  See you next year! 

Good seeing you too! Good luck in the marathon!

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I opened up my Google doc and realized I still have a 3/4 written NY Marathon report I never finished. 

Was so much fun I won't mind reliving it a bit. Working on it. 

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