Busted out the pink for this one, which is to support my Aunt (and those with breast cancer). Check out my “50 For the Fight” tab.
What a freezing start. Plenty of runners starting off in trash bags. At the startn line my goal was to run easy and enjoy. I figured anything under 4 hrs would be acceptable, shooting for closer to 3:40.
I stuck with the 3hr 40min pacer for the first 7 miles. Todd and I decided we both needed to hit the potty. We increased to a 7 min/mile pace so we could do the deed and catch the pacer in stride. After the quick stop I popped out right in time to catch the pacer. However, Todd was not around. I thought he might have just taken longer or was grabbing some goodies at the aid station. I figured he would catch up. After a few miles I slowed down because I had not seen Todd. I slowed and then caught back up to the pacer. At mile 15 I still had not seen Todd and so I stopped and tried to look back on the trail for him. I then went slow for a couple miles thinking he would make his way up, but he did not come up from behind. So, I picked up the pace for the remainder.
I got to the last .3 of the race and my daughter ran in with me!That was the best part of the day! I saw Todd at the finish and come to find out… he didn’t get a restroom back at mile 8 so he just took off! He finished ahead!!! He ran strong! I finished in 3 hrs. 58 min.
The entire race was well supported. They had aid stations every 2 miles. However, the aid stations only had liquid and gels… kind of a bummer. Trail was nice as it was groomed dirt. The shirt design was not too admirable… they need a new design!
Overall, I am sticking to the ultras. The marathon distance was not very engaging. I enjoy the climbs and crawls of an ultra. I look forward to difficult terrain and the near falls (or complete falls). I enjoy the mental exhaustion of an ultra. The marathon distance seems like a sprint race and not much time in solitude. Just some thoughts!