Jess and I left on Friday after work to head down to the Columbus area. The Delaware State Park was right off Route 23 so we were able to stop on the way and pick up my race packet. I was excited about all the awesome schwag included with the packet. We stayed at our friends place in Westerville which was about a half hour from the race. I got up extra early to get ready and make sure I had plenty of time to get there before the start. I met a few people before the race and also talked to Nick who was the captain of the start / finish aid station, which was one of the busiest aid stations. I also said hello to Jay Smithberger who was the favorite to win the race and got to say hi to Rob Powell who puts on the famous Forget the PR 50K, and Rob was there to hang out and watch the race.
|Coming in to the start/finish line aid station at mile 6 and feeling strong|
We got to the first aid station which was only 3.5 miles in and I didn't need anything so I was turning around to leave and noticed Rob was there helping. The next few miles went by pretty quick. I had lost the big pack I was running with and was going on my own. I was feeling pretty good and kept a 10 minute and 30 second per mile pace to the next aid station at mile 6 which was Nick's aid station at the start finish line. As I was grabbing a few chips and a cup of Gatorade I noticed that Rob was at this aid station as well! After leaving this aid station I heard the humorous banter of the guys guys from before. They were behind me for the next mile or two and keeping me cracking up the whole time. I wish I had a recorded script of every conversation these guys had during the race because they were so funny. We had to run a small road section here and then turned into the woods. We got to the water crossing on this course which was some very murky and stagnate water that was not flowing, but it was fun to jump in and wade across. It is always interesting to hear comments from first time trail runners who are worrying about getting their feet wet, but then after they take the plunge they realize it's not a big deal and is actually fun!
|Grabbing a cup of gatorade before leaving the start/finish aid station at mile 18|
|Cord and I approaching the finish line|
him we were on pace to have an awesome finishing time and we both pushed each other for the next 4 miles to the end.
|Wounded warriors at the Playin Possum 50K|