3 years ago today, Eric and I were up early to head to our wedding site to set up our favors, seating, chart, etc.
Today we were up at 4am to head to Rosaryville State Park for a trail race!
Coffee was extremely necessary.
I had a slight panic attack when we arrived at the address to the state park and there was nothing there, but due to Kara's patient guidance we were able to find the race.
Before pic - clean and fresh.
Kara referred to our previous 50K, the Northface Endurance Challenge, as the Cadillac of ultra races. This was totally true. That race had Dean Karnazes giving us high fives at the start. This race started with about 70 people standing around and a race director yelling "Go!" as we ran to the parking lot past all our cars.
email on Friday, we did in fact do 3 loops, of somewhere around 10 miles each.
After nearly 6 miles, we came across the first aid station, and were super excited for food. Apparently the 50K runners had to run down a road around a cone before eating, while all the other runners could just chow down. What a tease.
I think I ate about three full potatoes during this race. I couldn't get enough of them dipped in salt.
We were cruising during the first loop and finished in just over 2 hours. We only walked up one huge hill, and ran the whole rest of the time. The race offered a 10K, 15K (Eric's race) and a 25K, and those runners kept whizzing by us, which was frustrating on the skinny single track, and sort of playing mind games with us, even though we knew they had a much shorter way to go. After awhile though, it's demoralizing to get passed constantly! Everyone was really nice though, saying hi, asking how we were doing, thanking us for letting us pass them.
In the second and third loop, temperatures kept rising, our legs were feeling the burn, and keeping up our original pace as it grew hotter and hotter just wasn't happening.
We were chatting away and having a great time and I really felt the first two loops flew by. I love trail runs because it's just so relaxed - if we didn't feel like pushing it, we took it easy, and the goal was too enjoy the experience, not kill yourself to get a certain time. Quite a bit of the time it was just the two of us, the only difference from a training run being the fact that we were wearing bibs!
Sometime during that second loop Perry, Kara's running group buddy, called her and said he had started out too fast, dropped out halfway through, but now felt better and was going to meet us at the aid station and join us. Having a third running buddy made it even more fun, especially as the delirium really kicked in.
I tried coke. I loved it.
After the last aid station, we had to go up a hill in direct sunlight in 92 degrees. Then I was desperate for the finish. 7:04:48 - I'll take it!!
Now, I know my Garmin was messed up due to satelite being lost in the woods, but what a cruel joke on a Garmin nazi like me. 29.97. You know I turned it back on to walk to the car so I hit 30.
Post race chocolate milk photo shoot.
We love our chocolate milk.
This one just about sums it up.
The race director let me bring a veggie burger to grill!
We had reservations at Melting Pot to celebrate our race/anniversary, but after my ice bath, that wasn't happening. Instead we went with the dinner of champions and Anchorman.