I am super far behind on my race blog. I hope I can remember the details of this awesome day. Every year I volunteer for Forget the PR 50K. The awesome race director, Rob Powell, let's the volunteers come out a few weeks before the actual event and allows us to run the course and get our finisher buckles. This is an amazing and unheard of thing for someone to do for the volunteers. He also pays for pizza and beer after the volunteers are finished running. There is limited but sufficient course markings and also a roaming aid station. This year there were some amazing people that came out to set up not one, not two, but three aid stations for us volunteer racers!! I can't thank them enough for giving up their Sunday afternoon to come out and wait for us slow pokes to come around the trail loop.
|Pre-race instructions, Brrr..|
|Pre-race group photo, time to roll!|
|Big Ass Hill with some snow!|
I was in decent shape since I had been training all winter for IT 100 but I was not used to the hills yet. I felt great for the first 5 miles and then got some Gatorade from the first mobile aid station at the fire tower. Then I met Robb Gannon who is a local ultra runner and we ran pretty hard for the remaining portion of the first loop. Robb is a cool and funny guy and our good conversation made the miles fly by. We got back to the start finish in about 3 hours and 15 minutes. This was a great pace for me, especially on the hilly and still snowy / icy trails of Mohican. The trails were starting to thaw during the course of our run. I shed some upper layers even though it was still pretty cold out. We grabbed some food and took off for loop number two. I felt great at the start of our second loop. We passed Amy and Scott coming in off their first loop and they were both looking strong. I was wondering if Scott was gonna go for it and do the second loop, making this his first ultra ever. When we got to about mile 20 I was starting to lose some steam on the hills. Robb jumped ahead of me and he was charging up hills and really kicking butt. I stayed with him and fought through the being drained feeling. I also tripped and fell twice!! Luckily there was snow to cushion my fall.
|Rob Powell giving me my 3rd FPR 50K buckle!|