For those interested - summary of my first 100mile/29hrs trail run at Haliburton forest
1) Craziest of storms on the night before the race - pouring rain, scary non-stop lightning all night long.
2) 6am start on Saturday & in the dark with all happy faces & my flashy blue shoes!
3) First 25miles in 5:30hrs - all smiles & making friends, blissfully unaware of what’s to come!
4) 2nd 25miles in 6hrs, sight of fellow racer lying down in the middle of the trail, out of extreme dehydration - indication of what's to come!
5) Starting of 3rd 25miles with 45mins of luxurious stay in the medical tent (getting blisters treated) & with delicious hot soup, running with crazy people who would stick with me till the end and running with a bear-bell for the rest of the way!
6) 3rd 25miles in 8:15 hrs being seriously chased by sleep monsters, hearing & seeing things (that are not there!), walking off the course twice and word of advice '100miler doesn't even begin until mile 75, so enjoy while you can!'
7) 4th & final 25miles in 9 hrs, being kicked out of an aid station by a wonderful volunteer at 3am, stupid move of running fast 2km (6:30min/k pace - after drinking lt of coffee) with still 30k to go followed by 60 mins of delirious & extreme paranoia (of missing flags & getting lost in the forest, eaten alive by wolves, passing out by the side of the trail....).
8) Finishing 100miles after 28hrs at 11:57am on Sunday, cheering fellow racers until cut-off time of 30hrs & then passing out in the tent. And of course the words of 'Never Again!'
9) Incredibly chance & luck to witness & welcome a courageous gentleman finish his 100mile on his 10th attempt in 33hrs - no more words to describe it!
10) Finally getting the coveted finisher buckle - which belongs to the fellow racers, support crew, medics, volunteers & the amazing race organizers!
11) And already thinking about the next one a day after ! undefined at Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve.