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Texas Trails Endurance 50K Race Report

I finished the 50K!

Although the 50K trail race that I ran today is held an hour from my home, my husband and I stayed at the park in our RV the night before the race. This was a race first. It was great to be so close to the race course and packet pick-up.

There were so many trail ribbons that it was easy to stay on the course and not get lost!

I'm glad that the trail was crowded at first because it helped me to take it easy for the first couple of miles. After a few miles, I started passing people. Since I didn't have a BQ to work towards like I do in a marathon, this was a fun way to push myself.

I nearly tripped about a dozen times on a root, but I never fell.

Race:Texas Trails Endurance Run put on by Soler's Sports

Date: November 22, 2014

Race location:Huntsville State Park, about 1 1/2 hour's drive north of Houston, Texas

Course: Mostly shaded with lots of tree roots on the trails that make it easy to fall. There are a few boardwalks, too. I didn't see any alligators…

Your Race Recaps! 11/20

Reading about the following 11 races inspired me as I think about my upcoming 50K race on November 22 - a day that I hope will be full of many strong and happy miles just as many of these runners experienced. Congrats to all of the finishers!

Half Marathon

Anyone Can Run blogger, Eileen, completed the Blue Red Run Half Marathon (TX) in 1:50 and came in 3rd in her age group! Next up, the Dallas Marathon!

Fit Fun Mom blogger, Angela, completed the Revel Canyon City Half Marathon (CA) in 1:41 and came in 3rd in her age group!

Peanut Butter Runner blogger, Jen, completed the Thunder Road Half Marathon (SC) with a 7 1/2 minute PR in 1:44!

Running over the Hill blogger, Karen, beat her time from last year for the half when she completed the American Family Fitness Half Marathon (VA) in 2:10!


NYC Running Mama blogger, Michelle, completed the Potomac River Run Marathon (MD) and crossed the finish line holding her young son's hand!

Read Eat Write Run blogger, M, finished the Richmond Mara…

50K Prep & Goals

I'll be standing at the 50K start line for the Texas Trails Endurance Run this Saturday! Here's some information about my 50K training and my race goals.

Long Runs

My long runs leading up to this 50K have been 18, 20 and 22 miles long. One of the two 22 mile runs that I did was at the race location: Huntsville State Park, north of Houston.

Running 4 Days a Week 

I've been running four days a week in training. That's down from my usual five to six days a week. I didn't want to deal with any hip flexor problems like I did for a recent race so I added in more running rest days. Also, I rode my bike twice for 45 minutes each week. The aches have stayed away.

50K Race Goals
Start at an easy pace!Stay on course! I made a wrong turn in May at the Hog's Hunt 50K trail race and I ran 39 miles instead of 31.Finish! All finishers receive a finisher's shirt and hoodie. I like finisher's shirts even more than medals.  Even though I'll probably be a little nervous a…

14 Race Recaps on 11/14!

Want to know what it's like to run the New York City Marathon, to race soon after having a baby or to race 3 days in a row? Then you're in the right place!


Dream Big Runner blogger, Christine, completed a 5K in 24:51, thanks to the stroller running she's been doing!

Half Marathon

Back at Square Zero blogger, Abby, finished the Rock 'n Roll Savannah Half Marathon (GA) in 2:12 and beat her goal time!

Healthy Liv blogger, Liv, ran the City of Oaks Half Marathon (NC) without specifically training for it and finished in 1:35!

HoHo Runs blogger ran a 10K as a training run for the Route 66 Half Marathon (OK) that's coming up and came in first in her age group!

Lily Runs the World blogger ran the Santa Barbara Half Marathon (CA) in 2:09 under picture perfect skies!

Mommy Run Fast blogger, Laura, completed the Trenton Half Marathon (NJ) in 1:39 after having a baby only 3 month ago - proof that this mommy does run fast!


Apple Crumbles blogger, JoAnne, braved the cold and …

22 Mile Run: Side Aches & HRM

I ran 22 miles a couple of days ago in training for the Texas Trails Endurance 50K that takes place in less than 2 weeks. I tried a few things that might be helpful.

Preventing Side Aches During a Run

I've been getting stomach cramps or side aches during some of my runs so before this 22 miler, I ate 3 hours beforehand in order to give my body time to digest my food. On my shorter morning runs, I skipped eating all together. I haven't had any cramps since trying this out. The only drawback is being hungry before I run.

Eat (or not) & run links: Hammer: Nutrition and

Like this post by ultrarunner Ian Torrence advises, I sipped my water and gels slowly (each gel eaten over 1 to 1 1/2 miles) rather than gulping them down at mile markers during my 22 miler. This might help, too.


I wore my heart rate monitor this week. Watching the numbers was interesting, but I need to learn more about it. Kristen's post with her HR numbers and this Runner's World post is…

Your Race Recaps! 11/6

I rounded up race recaps from the 5K to the 50 mile distance this week. Happy clicking!


Running Tangents blogger, Jen, has been using MAF training, which is based on heart rate, and finished the LMJS 5K (CA) in 26:30, coming in 3rd place in her age group!

Half Marathon

Mile Posts blogger, Dorothy, ran the Denver Rock 'n Roll race with her husband in 1:56 as a training run for the Las Vegas Marathon!

Movable Mom blogger, Christina,  met Jeff Galloway whose running program got her started running and then ran the Monumental Half Marathon (IN) in 2:12, 7 minutes faster than a half she ran last fall!


Mommy's Running Around blogger, Kristy, completed her first marathon at the Denver Rock 'n Roll race!

Turkey Runner blogger, Meagan, completed the Marine Corps Marathon (DC) in 5:10, a 24 minute PR using Hanson's Training!


Go Run with Me blogger, Jessica, completed the Door County 50 Mile Race (WI) and came in as the 4th woman in 7:26!

It's Just One Foot in Front …

Garner State Park: Run, Hike & Camp

It was time to set out on another RV excursion so we drove to Garner State Park in the hill country of Texas. If you're ever in the area, it's worth the trip!

On my first morning there, I ran 13 miles and I saw dozens of deer and the biggest wild turkeys and jack rabbits I've ever seen. I fell and scraped my elbow and knee, but the fall wasn't bad enough to keep me from running 5 more miles (for 13 total) and 8 more miles the next day. Since I have a 50K race coming up on November 22, I was glad about that.

My Fasted 13 Mile Run

For my 13 miler, I ran first thing in the morning without breakfast and without eating any food during the run. Running fasted was not a problem at all - especially with all of the wild animal distractions! Some people recommend a fasted run in order to teach your body not to need as many carbohydrates. If you want to try it, start out doing it on shorter runs first. The longest I've done a fasted run is 17 miles.


On our first full da…