|start/finish and turn around with Mt. Princeton in the background|
My mom drove me down to the community center the next morning for the 6:30am start. We ran in to Ashley who was getting ready to run the 25 mile race as a warm-up for the Quad Rock 50 in two weeks. Out on the start line, I met up with Kyle and then without a gun shot or horn blast someone said go and we started running. The first 3 miles were mostly flat and partly paved and Kyle I ran along at a very casual 9 minute pace and talked with other runners. The course then took a turn on to a dirt road across the Arkansas River and then up on to the trails. The next several miles rolled along on a mix of dirt roads and trails with some moderate climbs and decents. I was feeling pretty good and trying to run very conservativley, keeping the pace in the 9-10 minute range. Kyle and I ran together off and on for the remainder of the 1st lap. The biggest climb in the first lap was from mile 15-18 and climbed about 1000 feet. I ran this section and felt pretty good and then started heading down for the final 7 miles of lap 1. My goal going in to the race was to run 4:15 for the first lap and 4:45 for the second to secure a 9 hour finish. A little mental caluculation showed that I was right on pace to get this done. The miles back down to the river went well and I counted about 25 guys ahead of me that were heading back up for lap 2. I was feeling good about the opportunity for a top 30 finish and I felt like I might be able to catch a few guys on the second lap. I came in to the turn around with 4 hours and 10 minutes on the clock and Mom, Micah and Maddie (the 3 Ms) were there to help me refill by bottle and grab me some food. I took a pretty leisurly stop that lasted about 4 minutes.
|heading out for lap 2|
|Me and the 3 Ms at the finish line|
Kyle finished soon after me in 9:03 with an even bigger PR than mine. He looked really strong and is in great shape for the Bighorn 100 eight weeks away where I get to pace him through the night from mile 48-82.
|Kyle comes in for a strong finish|
|big 50 mile PRs for both of us|