- This marathon caped crusader wears a uniform, not a costume.
- E-Dude has a 6 pound chiweenie sidekick named Chewbacca, a.k.a. "The Epinephrine Pup."
- Altitude and trail races are Endorphin Dude's kryptonite.
Number three on that list is the one that eats away at me. I've said it before and I'll say it again and again: E-Dude on trails is tantamount to an American on the red clay of Roland Garros. I'm just not comfortable on this surface. Nonetheless, in order to reach Titanium, I must plug through them.
I registered for the PCTR Pacifica Trail 50k because it fit nicely into my schedule. Yes, I know, it's a 50k TRAIL race. I figured if I stayed focus and speed walked up the hills and ran down them, I'd be fine. Plus there is a nine hour time limit, so I felt pretty confident that I would be able to get the job done. However, the night before the race, the race director sent this message to all the registered runners:
What started out as a 50k turned out to be a 30k! Sadly, Endorphin Dude had to retire at mile 18. I did receive a consolation prize: the race director kindly moved the Marathon Caped Crusader from the 50k event to the 30k, so there won't be a DNF on my record! I worked hard today, but I just couldn't deliver the goods. At least I got there, did my best, and had fun with a bunch of my runner friends. It's very odd for me to run a race without taking a bunch of photos, but for this one, I had to make this sacrifice. I'm glad I was able to get some shots Kermit, Carlos, and Jeannette before the race and then with Walter and Ernie afterward. I always love seeing these guys on the course!