the very short version: after almost 19 rain-soaked hours and 78 miles, the combination stress fracture and burst blood vessel in my left shin gave me my very first dnf. for the 100 miler. when the race official told me that, on the bright side, i'd get credit for the 50 miler, what went through my head was, "wow, that was a lot of work for 50 miles!"
the shin split/stress fracture happened at the start of the third loop, just after mile 25, probably as a result of switching from trail shoes into road shoes. more on that in the race report. after 6 laps, 75 miles, i noticed the second bruise, above the original one. after starting the 7th loop and completing the airport spur, i decided to head back to the main staging area to have it checked out. that's when i got the bad news.
it wasn't the stress facture that concerned the medical official; instead, they were focused on the hematoma - a/k/a burst blood vessel. they pointed out, diplomatically, that if i went back out on the course, i could finish the race or after a mile a clot could travel to my lungs or heart and i'd die. that was my easiest decision of the day. again, will write up the details later.
i just got off the phone with emmy, meredith, and anthony. they were all together, driving back to the hotel from the race site. emmy finished just under 25 hours, 9th woman overall! hurray for getting her first 100 miler in the books!! meredith finished in just over 26 hours! hurray for completing (what i think) was her 4th 100 miler!! they also told me that this year had the highest drop rate of any year of the race. that was probably a direct result all the rain. i'm looking forward to reading emmy and meredith's race reports, and anthony's pacer's report (have done the last 2.5 loops of the course with meredith)!
i write this with my left leg elevated, ice pack over the injuries. we have a 6 o'clock flight back to laguardia. tomorrow i'll have to assess what impact these two little bruises will have on my near term running plans.
here is my race report.
here are my race photos.