2019 Mt. Greylock Trail Races

This was supposed to be the year that we broke the streak. Last year, Debbie made it to her 20th consecutive Mt. Greylock Trail Race and we felt like we were no longer “obligated” to keep the streak going. This year, we decided that we would take a break.

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We didn’t pre-register because we have a bunch of travel starting next weekend,  we raced the Belltown Throwdown yesterday, and I had planned Monday travel to our plant north of Boston. I didn’t want to drive to The Berkshires for a short trail race considering we had no plans to run the half-marathon.

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Then, we woke up this morning, and in a matter of minutes, changed our minds. It was raining, which meant that doing stuff around home wouldn’t be pleasant. If it dawned sunny like yesterday, I would have been tempted to remain home and do a long bike ride. Instead, running made more sense. I’ve spent part of every Father’s Day since I first became a Dad, at Greylock Glen in Adams, MA. I suggested to Debbie that we go, and she was immediately on board.

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We roused the kids and were in the car by 7:45 A.M. We arrived at Greylock Glen around 9:35 A.M., registered, and hung out with some of our long time Grand Tree Trail Running Series Friends. The Greylock numbers have dwindled but the WMAC still puts a solid effort into this event and we love it.

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The four of us opted to run together, which was a nice change of pace. The 5K is really only 2.6 miles, so it was over in less than 30 minutes. We mingled a bit as the rain came down, but then headed for Northampton where we had a nice lunch at Paul & Elizabeth’s. We walked around Thornes Marketplace and were back home by 3:30 P.M.

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The streak is alive!

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A final @hardrock100run update for now and it’s a bit of a bummer. @trailrunningmom stoped at Animas Forks Aid Station just shy of the 59 mile mark. Persistent nausea and the inability to eat or drink weakened her. She arrived in Ouray in this condition and even a 40 minute nap didn’t improve the situation. She is at peace with her decision to stop and it helps that she finished this beast of a race in 2017 going the other direction. I unexpectedly joined her between Ouray and Animas Forks because I didn’t want to see her go alone. We got to suffer together for eight hours and enjoyed an amazing moonlit night. In our household there is always more to learn when you miss a goal than when you hit one.
@trailrunningmom has quite a crew assembled in Ouray at the @hardrock100run We await her arrival. From the looks of the tracking she was likely suffering in the climb and dealing with the t-storms. She might have had to hunker down because her location didn’t change for a long time. Now she appears to me hammering the six plus mile descent to the LOW point in the course in Ouray at a 7,792 feet.
Riding out the latest storm in Ouray. This weather is something else. To be a Hardrocker this year is going to take extra gumption. ⛈ @trailrunningmom appears to be moving steadily (according to the tracker) but the climb to Kroger’s Canteen slowed her. She gets a lot of downhill into Ouray so let’s hope she can keep running. We are planning a longer pit stop here including a full wardrobe change. Fingers crossed she gets here by dark around 9:00 P.M. @hardrock100run
Telluride was a blur. @trailrunningmom left the aid station around 3:20pm or so. She changed her socks (needed dry ones), got some solid food, freshened up in the “latrine”, and got moving again. We met up with Amy and John and they were a big help. Even my friend Mike, a part time Telluride resident, stopped by Town Park to cheer and assist. On to Ouray…she won’t be there for five hours or so. There are serious ⛰ ⛰ in between.
@trailrunningmom came into Chapman Gulch at 11:46am but if you are tracking then you know that. She was doing fine at 18.1 miles. Little D said Mom is pacing well but wasn’t as “exuberant” as past races. A big rainstorm just blew through and the clouds are threatening again. Next up: Telluride

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