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Got my 1st ever DNF at 2018, but probably should have been a DNS considering the sore on my toe from the mishap the previous weekend:
I bandaged the wound, donned Injinji toe socks, then smartwool socks, work boot wool socks and lastly Run-a-mocs.
Listening to pre-race anouncements with buddy Jonathan shortly before race at crack of dawn at 7:30 am.
From the get go I was hobbling and every other run had passed me on the asphalt road before we even got to the start of the trail. Still I struggled on with a pair of horseback riders shadowing me to the first rest stop at mile 4 where I removed the layers of shoes and socks to see how my bandage was holding up. No visible blood but it had taken me 1.25 hours and that wouldn't be fast enough to finish race in 8 hours. But the next section included some smooth hard packed clay roads where I could try to make up some time. At mile 6 there was a flooded area with no dry path round, so I waded through the pond and knew immediately that was a mistake. The sodden 3 layers of wool socks felt like they weight 10 lbs on each foot and my sore toe was aching from the cold water. So took of shoes and socks and tried to wring them out, then hobbled barefoot a couple miles to parking lot at mile 7. Watch said 2:20 and reality sunk in. Called it quits.
On the plus side, I did get to watch the winner cross the finish line in 4:05. The rain started lightly at noon and picked up after 1:30. I stayed till 2:30 but didn't stick around to the 8 hour mark to see my mug get smashed. I did get a nice knit hat and this cotton T-shirt.
Couldn't train properly this year for family reasons. My feet weren't conditioned and I was out of shape aerobically. Maybe next year will be better.