So I'll dispense with description. Here are the stats from New Hampshire, to prove I compiled a Long Run's-worth (21.54) of mileage:
Friday, September 17:
Leg 6: Crawford Notch Rd, White Mt National Forest (4 p.m.) -- 8.62 miles in 71 minutes (8.15-min/mile)
Saturday, September 18:
Leg 17: Meredith to Laconia (2 a.m.) -- 7.39 miles in 65 minutes (8.48-min/mile)
Leg 28: Chester to Sandown (11:30 a.m.) -- 5.55 miles in 46 minutes.(8.18-min/mile)
To pre-emptively answer questions you would no doubt ask if given the chance:
1) Yes, the Leg 6 sundown view coming out of the White Mountains, heading towards Conway and the Maine border, was spectacular and should be experienced by all, even non-runners.Meanwhile, in the 4 days since my return I inherited a head cold and insomnia and some genuine crises at work, and am trying refind the legs I had on Leg 28.
2) Yes, Leg 17's pace was the slowest because it was 85-percent uphill and made possible only by obscene amounts of caffeine. And yes, I slept pretty hard after it.
3) No, actually, my own legs felt pretty stellar by Leg 28 and I kicked some ass. In fact, I passed 8 runners and sprinted hard to the hand-off. Was so jacked up by feeling so good so late in the game and what that means for my overall marathon fitness... did not sleep after it; rather, ate a banana and rolled down the van window as we cruised on.
4) Yes, there were a number of hot men on my squad. Yes, 8 of 10 are married. Yes, I became best buddies with one of the 2 single guys and flirted really hard (as he flirted back), even knowing he has a serious girlfriend and is moving to Denver this weekend. C'est la vie.
General condition: shredded. Exhausted.
This morning before work I was watering my basil plant. The same one that a month ago, while in full-flower, tipped over in a storm and lay wounded on the patio for 3 days, 98% dead before I had mercy and re-potted the corpse.
And damn, if it hasn't come back. Enough, I think, for at least 2 recipes-worth of seasoning.
"Rejuvenated basil" is a good metaphor for how I hope to feel sooner than later.