The New England Challenge – Connecticut State #23

You can't run 4 marathons in 4 days with out making some amazing friends-Denis McCarthy( Irish dude living in St Louis gave me the jacket of his back) Trent Morrow (a.k.a Marathon Man from downunder working on setting world record for most marahons in a single year)

You can’t run 4 marathons in 4 days without making some amazing friends-Denis McCarthy( Irish dude living in St Louis gave me the jacket of his back) Trent Morrow (a.k.a Marathon Man from down under working on setting world record for most marathons in a single year)

I had just finished  Rhode Island marathon and I was hungry. I didn’t have any place to shower so I thought I’d drive to Warwick Connecticut,  to my next race, get a room and then go eat.

After only 20 minutes of driving my stomach took over and I  typed ‘Ribs’ in my GPS. Happily, The Rib Shack popped up and as it turned out it was only 1 more mile away.

I headed over I started having a little party in brain….Ribs, ribs and more ribs!

I had been so busy driving and trying to find hotels and the start of each race I hadn’t taken time to eat very much and it was starting to affect me. As I pulled into the little strip mall and my GPS announced, ‘You have arrived at your destination’ . I through the car into park and jumped out, ran up to the door, grabbed the door handle and pulled…that’s when I noticed the Rib Shack had closed down.

Beautiful trial next to golf course in Connectcut

Beautiful trial next to golf course in Connecticut

Needless to say I was pretty upset. So I went to the little Chinese place next door and had Chinese ribs instead. Sure, I was disappointed but at least the rice was good and there was pretty of it. The next morning I felt better than I did on day one.  I couldn’t wait to run another 26.2 miles!

The Race

The next morning I felt better than I did on day one.  I couldn’t wait to run another 26.2 miles!

I started out very strong, very fast. This was going to be the best day so far…and then right around the half way mark, not eating enough had caused me to lose weight and my prosthetic blade started shifting and just refused to cooperate with my stump. I had to readjust my socket every few miles. It caused me to lose precious time. I was  I still finished around 5 1/2 hours.

After finishing I hung round for a while and wished my fellow runners well. We exchanged info and I said goodbye and headed back to Boston, Massachusetts and the Logan Airport to get ready to fly home. What a great time and what a wonderful experience this series of New England Marathons were!

I met so many wonderful people and did some things I didn’t think I was capable of doing. Namely run 4 marathons in4 day! Once again realizing that we are stronger than we know.

Leg changing time.

Leg changing time.

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