This was my second time running this 50K. In 2015 I did the "no wimps challenge" which meant I ran the half marathon on Saturday and the 50K on Sunday. That was really fun but I did not want to make the 50 minute drive two days in a row this year. Jess wanted to run but had a nagging IT band injury; however, she came with me and volunteered with the zero waste crew. Trail running is also about being good stewards of the environment and to have a recycling effort at a trail race is great to see.
The weather was really good at the event this year. Cool in the morning and very pleasant by the afternoon. I spend a lot of time training on the trail this race is run on and the race goes in the opposite direction from what I usually do. It is amazing how different the trail seems when you run in the other direction and it's refreshing to have a different perspective of the trail. I ran a decent race for myself finishing around 6 hours and 40 minutes. I really enjoy this race because it is one of the only ultras in Southeast Michigan. So nice to not have to travel out of town for a trail ultra.