I am looking forward to my first 50 miler and trying to quell the raging anxiety and paranoia. A stomach ache is suddenly the flu, a headache is a brain tumor, my knees and ankles are about to crumble, etc. Everything is magnified 24 hours before a race.
So far I know that me, Bob Meyer and Casual Rick McAndress are running (Bob & me in the 50 miler, Rick in the 50k). Who else is going to be there?
Fantastically muddy day out there. Sunny enough to get a little bit of sunburn but cool enough to feel great all day. Finished the 50k in 7:21 - 5th year in a row :)
lowlight: ended up with a cup of warm chicken broth mixed in my water bottle at 3.5 mile aid station (who needs chicken broth 3 miles into an ultra - and who puts it mixed amongst the water, soda and sports drinks in the aid station) and basically ran the next 5 miles without hydration - and only getting in 1/2 a gel. My stomach felt really off (haven't eaten chicken anything in 20 years :/ ) until after mile 14
highlight: running straight through every puddle and mud pit and passing all the people trying to tip toe around the puddles in their already wet and muddy shoes.
Bob Meyer and I finished the 50 miler in 12:26:59, which we were happy with. Came in a little better than our planned pace and I think the mud probably cost us 30 minutes or so at least since it took away a lot of the runnable sections. Stopped to change shoes at the second Lanowa AS which felt great and was worth the 10 minutes or so it cost us. Bugs didn't bother us too much, just some annoying gnats which mostly went away after the sun went behind the clouds around the 30 mile mark. All in all, the weather was pretty good, temperature was right (a little hot midday when the sun was out but it cooled down once the clouds came in).
For my first 50 miler I was thrilled just to finish with no major pain or injury and will be there again next year. Can't wait to run MoMa again this year and see the positive impact this has had on me.
Just mentioning that the Virtual Goody Bag includes a free magazine subscription, but if you don't want the subscription there is a link to a form you can fill in and $20 of your race entry fee is refunded (if I'm reading it right). The link supposedly expires at midnight tonight so might be worth checking it out if you haven't done so already.