Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Even though it has been almost 11 months of the 100-mile run, everything is so fresh in the memory, as if it was just yesterday. With the upcoming another 100-miler for him in a few days, I finally thought to post this blog of his first 100-miler in July 2013. TRT 100 miles - Shavi's first experience running a 100-miler race was awesome and grueling. We knew that it was never going to be easy, even when he was training hard for it. We knew it would bring us long lasting memories and great stories and so it did. What a journey it had been for him since the day he signed up for TRT on January 1, 2013 at 2am from his iPhone, drinking cocktails, celebrating new year's in Monterey. It sounded like a great idea at that time, and boy was he in for a surprise. The training that goes into running a 100-mile run, the sacrifices that the family makes for you, the lack of social life because you sleep before the sun goes down to wake up at 3 am on weekend mornings to run 10 hours, is no less humbling than the race itself. Shavi surely has a long list of people to be sincerely thankful of who motivated him during the last 7 months of the race, and kept him going. The race itself was way brutal than he expected, thanks to the heat, lack of altitude training, UV index of 12+. Surprisingly, the two things that he was most worried about (fatigue due to lack of sleep, and tight/achy muscles) was never an issue. He did have some blisters, stomach issues and other heat related issues. In Shavi's words: "I would have not been able to keep moving forward if it were not for my crew and pacers: My sister, Anu who traveled all the way from D.C. to support me and Ruchi who had more confidence in me finishing than myself. My running buddy, Keith who hiked up to Tunnel Creek TWICE and stayed there middle of night for hours to see me come in multiple times, also 'crewed' my pregnant wife, Ruchi when he was not crewing me. My other running buddy, Antonio who paced me for 30 miles knew exactly when to talk and what to talk and when to shut up He kept me going through the night from dusk to dawn. And my ex-running coach from Sacfit, Ken who paced me for the last 20 miles when I was as exhausted as I could have been, helped me recover from my stomach issues and kept me going in the brutal heat." We started at 6 am from Spooner Lake State Park in Nevada. The race authorities provided good shuttle service from the parking to the start line for both runners as well as their family. Shavi's crew (my sister - Anu and me) was more than ready!