5:58:43 despite a painful cramping quad the last 2 hours. That one hurt but I got it done. In the 20 year history of the race, only six guys have broken the 6 hour mark. Well, now make that 7. Pleased to have achieved a four year goal. Here was my short description on facebook:
Happy to achieve a 4 year goal by finally breaking the 6 hr mark at Laurel Valley run yesterday. Ran the entire way by myself, was aided by some awesome friends at SeaBass (Seth and Barry aid station), dragged a cramping quad for 2 hrs, and ran through many hundreds of spider webs. Race went great, then bad, then painful, and I had no shortage of excuses if I missed my 6 hr goal (which I thought I would). But as long as you can move, you move forward and let the end settle itself. In the end, I dragged my useless right leg up the last 500 steps and across the finish line ahead of my long-sought goal time. Lesson learned- push for your goals even when they seem in doubt, and you can achieve more than you think.
Per my usual pre-race tradition, I didn't sleep one minute last night. I'm rather tired and heading to bed now.