|Crossing the 50K Finish Line|
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, but they're there.
|Boardwalk at the Park|
Weather/Clothes: 60-70 degrees. I wore the Skirt Sports Adventure Girl Skirt with 5 pockets and a short-sleeved shirt. I was glad that I wore my Saucony Ride 6 shoes because the cushioning feels good on a long run even though they're not "trail shoes". After the race, my toes were tender from hitting the front of my shoes on the downhills, though.
|14 GU Gels and the Course Map|
Fuel & Drink During the Race: I used my Camelbak hydration pack for water, which I think put a bruise on my lower back that I noticed after the race. I took 14 GU gels and liked them all! I ate 12 of them - one every 30 minutes until I thought I ran out of them. I also had a handful of M&M's and a drink of Coke. I found the two "lost" gels in my skirt pocket after the race, but it didn't matter. I felt strong through most of the race and never had a side ache.
Post-marathon Food: At the finish line, I ate pizza, U Can drink (1st time to try, very mild taste), M&M's and cookies because I didn't eat enough sugar already! Then we went to Lupe Tortilla Mexican restaurant for second lunch/early dinner.
Results(Link): 5:44:18 finish time, 2nd out of 10 in my 40 and up age group, 4th overall female out of 18, 13th overall position out of 48 finishers; Splits: 1st loop of 10K: 1:12, 1st 20K loop: 2:13, 2nd 20K loop: 2:19
Thanks to all of you for all of the race encouragement sent my way, to the volunteers who were all so helpful and the race director, Roger Soler (in top photo), for a well-run race!