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As I explained in The Trip, we left Saturday about noon (the marathon was on Sunday) and that morning, me and another guy I ran with got up early to run the Marines on weight control like we do every Saturday morning (we make them show up to run, thus ruining their weekends until they get the clue that they better get into shape if they ever want a full weekend off).

So I did not eat that morning and was starving by the time we took off. We stopped at Del Taco and I ordered a one-pound Mucho-Macho burrito. Not the smartest thing, you say? Nonsense,  I justified it as “carbo-loading.” Ok, it was stupid, but I was hungry!!

When we got to Lone Pine, we had dinner that night at an Italian restaurant where I had a huge pan of lasagna and bread. A LOT of lasagna. Then we went to a café where I had cheesecake and two cups of coffee. We were pounding water all day so hydration was not a problem. I had many hours to “Do the Deed” if you know what I mean, in order to run sans extra food in the old digestive tract. I expected to, er, make a deposit that night but lo and behold, it was not to be. I went to bed with the trailer still loaded.

That morning, I woke up at 0330 because I could not sleep. The race started at 0700 and we all agreed to wake up early and get some breakfast. I took a bath to loosen my muscles and tried to relax. I still had not visited the porcelain receptor and was getting a little worried. We went to the café and had eggs and hash browns followed by two more cups of coffee. Now that should start things going. Right? You would think so, huh.

So let's review: In total, I had eaten a ungodly one pound burrito, a huge pan of lasagna and bread, cheesecake, 4 cups of coffee, scrambled eggs, and hash browns. The trouble was that a certain bodily function had failed to step up to the plate (or bowl, if you will). I therefore had an unimaginable amount of food still in me and I was about to embark on the longest, most arduous physical event of my life. I hoped and prayed for last minute heroics before the race. Oh, why have you forsaken me?

But, it came game time and the reckoning was not to be. I was at the start line thinking that I had failed in my timing and was carrying around more weight in my bowels than I wanted to think about.



The stories:
The Explanation
The Training
The Shopping
The Trip
Forsaken
The Run
Evacuate

How it all started...

2000 Wild Wild West Trail Marathon
2001 Wild Wild West Trail Marathon
2002 Big Sur International Marathon
2002 Wild Wild West Trail Marathon
2002 Bishop 50-mile Ultra-Marathon

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