I am home, sleepy but in great spirits and I am going to write my own personal story next week of each account and step that I took...so many emotions, trials to work through along the way...very long trip home in the van...the fatigue of not much sleep has set in and caught up to me:)And those last miles she's talking about were AMAZING.
But hey...we did it and I am so thrilled and thankful for so many things...gratitude is a big word.
God was so powerful on this trip and was the most powerful the last 16 miles...really more than amazing... Nothing and nobody will ever take this away from me.
A disclaimer before I post this... I'm terrible at math, I have the attention span of a puppy and those numbers on the Badwater Race Results page are real small. So someone, please-- double check my analysis here.
But it sure does look to me like Lisa was the fastest woman and the fourth overall fastest on that last split.
- Jorge Pacheco, winner - last split time: 54 minutes
- Akos Konya, 2nd place - last split time: 51 minutes
- Chris Frost, 49th place - last split time: 58 minutes
- Lisa Smith Batchen, after 310 miles -- last split time: 59 MINUTES.
And then after this little sprint, it was up to the top of the highest mountain in the Con- tinental US where Lisa and the crew were greeted with... well, Mount Whitney Weather.
If you Wikipedia "Mount Whitney" you'll find tidbits of info such as:
- The Mount Whitney area is notorious for its unpredictable weather.
- This weather pattern [monsoon season] is usually seen between June and mid-September.
- Lightning is the major concern during the monsoon season.
Then it was back to Las Vegas, where George was again able to resist running off with a showgirl, which may have been a feat requiring as much discipline as Lisa's 810. Leigh Corbin went home to continue her amazing blog which everyone should check out at turborunz.blogspot.com where she has a great photo montage. Terry relinquished his satellite phone and hopefully got some good rest before going back to Chicago. Laurie dried out her monsoon-ravaged duds before heading back to Idaho and Annemarie took no break at all, going back home after many miles to jump right back into work and parenthood. Scott finally took off his sunglasses for the first time since July 9th. (I have actually *never* seen Scott's eyes, and am beginning to wonder...)
And what about Sister Marybeth, the woman who surprised no one, yet amazed us all with her incredible spirit, contagious energy and calming presence? How did she decide to help recover from this demanding event?
Well, this is from Lisa's email this morning:
Sister Marybeth just called me and she ran a half marathon today in calif.!!!Which just goes to prove what I've said all along-- watch out for hanging around Lisa too much. You might just find yourself doing amazing things too. Consider yourself warned.