The next aid station was only a couple miles down the trail at Potato Hill but would be used twice in the race at mile 18.5 and then again at mile 27.5. I refilled my water pack and carried on. Not wasting time at aid stations is something I've learned to try and be better at if I'm hurrying. Get in and get out pronto!!
Finally at the top of the hill at the aid station called Maack Hill (named after the RD Johnny Maack Runner who has battled and beat cancer) I refilled my water again and fueled up with some goodies and headed back down this mountain. Pretty much the rest of the way to the finish line would be some nice, sweet downhills.
I was in such a hurry to get to the finish line that I probably didn't enjoy much of the scenery of the last few miles but that was alright with the goal I had just decided to attempt.
It was going to be close. I just kept at it, running with all the energy and speed I could muster up. I saw the finish line area coming into view with about 6 minutes left and so I put on the full throttle! I was so happy to cross that finish line with a couple minutes to spare.